On Jan 23, Muslim Students attended the first Kentucky Muslim Day at the state’s Capital. As they were boarding their buses in Frankfort, Kentucky, a group of men equipped with megaphones and posters shouted hateful speech at the children.
, a local leader of the Muslim community spoke at the events in Frankfort and was interviewed by local station WKYT. He explained that the exchange was the first time many of the children encountered hateful speech against Muslims
but emphasized that the Muslim community’s relationship with other Christians was cordial. "I don't think that is the Christian message," said Bagby. "I can't imagine Jesus doing that."And Dr. Ihsan Bagby
should know, as an associate professor
in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky whose research focuses on Muslims in America. In 2001, he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait
. He is a well-published author and received his PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan.
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