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posted: 1/2/2013 5:00 AM

Hate speech has no place in our society

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The vast majority of Americans openly discourage hate speech. Yet, hate speech from the likes of Pamela Geller has smeared American Muslims once again. Pamela Geller's latest hate campaign insinuates Muslims as being violent and a bunch of savages.

But the facts about Muslims tell a different story. Through Humanity First USA outreach, we have directed all our energy and effort to repair our nation. We have opened channels to welcome open interfaith dialogue to promote peace and brotherhood. We've raised 25,000 blood donations since last year to honor 9/11 victims. Is this savagery?

As an American Muslim and a native Chicagoan, I believe in the Jihad of the Pen as the best weapon to denounce Geller's vicious speech. Hopefully more and more Americans will unite to condemn Geller's hate speech so we can still function as a free society, one based on civility.

Kamran Khan

Mount Prospect

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