Local Muslims criticize Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stance against the “Ground Zero Mosque” has drawn fire from some members of Southern Nevada’s Muslim community.

The iman of Masjid As-Fabur mosque, Minister Fateen, said this morning in a press release, “I would like Mr. Reid to tell my members how he arrived at his decision and what facts did he base it on?”

A member of the Black Muslims, Minister X, stated, “It is not all right for a politician to make a comment because it’s his and not ours. Now he is representing himself not the people who voted him into office.”

Reid is scheduled to have a “meet and greet” with the African American Faith Community at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Culinary Training Center, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Minister Fateen added, “We hope that Friday is a defining moment. It’s time we take a stand and tell the world what the Muslim religion is about and it has nothing to relation to 911.”

In the same press release, Fateen included Reid’s well-traveled “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” remark from the book “Game Change.” Reid later apologized for what he called “such a poor choice of words.”

It sounds like that meet and greet will be an interesting place to be.

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