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Eugene Woman Hopes Islamic Women's Ethic's Course Will Broaden Cultural Understandings

"I'm hoping this course will help disarm the Muslim Community" - Nadia Sindi

Nadia Sindi of Eugene
Nadia Sindi of Eugene

(EUGENE, Ore.) - Cultural intolerance of American Muslims does not appear to be waning under the nation's new Presidency, as many activists like Nadia Sindi of Eugene had hoped.

The Council on Islamic Relations, CAIR and other agencies are noting a continuing lack of understanding of one of the world's fastest growing religions in the U.S. (see: CAIR Concerned by 'Spikes' in Anti-Muslim Incidents in Ramadan -

Sindi says she hopes an upcoming college class will spread the knowledge and, ultimately, the healing.

She says she is, "Hoping to shed some light regarding the ambiguity, status, role of Muslim women, and the plight of Islamophobia, Resentment, Mistreatment, Racism, Sexism and the hatred of Muslims we face in a Lane County."

Sindi says the course will be held at Lane Community College in Eugene, and it will offer a diverse overview of the situation facing Muslim people as they endure what is often a very lengthy assimilation process.

It is a multi gender dilemma that Muslim people face, generally brought about by ignorance, and stimulated by hatred, all too often fostered by a government that has a tendency to paint an ugly picture of people of Islamic descent.

Peace activist Gordon Sturrock wrote, "America is a powderkeg of racial hatred directed towards Muslim. The peace movement has systematically failed to address this. I hope people will ask, "why?"

Sturrock also said, "The 'peace' movement in Oregon has gone out of its way to turn a blind eye to the plight of Muslims. There is no better example of why the peace movement has failed than right here in Oregon where Israel comes first. When truth and justice become part of the peace movement again, we can head towards a real peace, until then, we're stuck with a 'White Man's Peace'."

Sindi says there is a great deal to learn about Islamic people and a surprisingly large number of students have shown interest in the class.

"I'm hoping this course will help disarm the Muslim Community," she said.

She wants to see more people feel accepted, and feel part of Lane County citizenry.

"Not demonized, smeared, isolated and rejected." She also says she wants to see those citizens begin serving as government officials in Lane County."

The class will be offered through LCC Adult Education. If you are interested in learning more, contact Ross Jackson, you can write to this email address: Ross Jackson
LCC- Downtown Center
1059 Willamette
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 463-5907

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