Bay Area Muslim-Americans Endorse Mike Honda for Congress


San Francisco, CA: Dr Agha Saeed, Chairman of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections-Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC), has announced in a message a resounding endorsement of Congressman Mike Honda in the 17th CD of California.

Recalling the full-fledged presence of Honorable Mike Honda at the AMA Convention, the first major event held after the unfortunate events of 9/11, Dr Agha Saeed said: "A friend in need is a friend indeed. Those who are trying to get us to trade-in the time-tested old friends for seemingly new but utterly unknown faces are actually suggesting a devil's bargain."

Citing his genuine concern for the safety of Muslim Americans, Dr Agha Saeed, applauded the lively presence of Congressman Mike Honda, whereby in response to the self-deprecating remark by Dr Mahjabeen Islam, How could I run for Congress now: Can you imagine a billboard on your front porch reading 'Islam for Congress', the genial congressman intervened by saying "With the last name Honda, I don't have to imagine... But let me tell you, how I dealt with it. I assured my voters that "this Honda is made in the United States".

Later, Dr Shabbir Safdar had sagaciously added: Thanks Congressman Honda: Ms Islam's billboard has a new subtext now: "This is American Islam, Not Americanized Islam but American Islam".

Thanks, Congressman Honda, for your friendship during the period of immense adversity.

And thanks Dr Safdar for positing a pivotal distinction that continues to guide the choice by authentic Muslims, the message concluded.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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