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Eric Holder makes quiet visit to mosque to meet with Muslim Americans

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. made a well-publicized visit to Los Angeles this week to announce stimulus grants to help fight drug trafficking and to help the victims of domestic violence. But in a quieter event not announced to the news media or public, Holder stopped at a mosque to meet with Muslim American youths.

“The point was to engage the Muslim community here in Los Angeles and make sure they understand this administration’s commitment to work with that community,” Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

The relationship between the Muslim American community and the department has come under increasing strain. This year, a coalition of the nation’s largest Muslim organizations issued a statement demanding that the Obama administration address FBI actions, including what they described as the “infiltration of mosques,” the use of “agent provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth” and the “deliberate vilification” of one of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organizations.

Thursday’s meeting was at 4 p.m. at the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, a mosque and community center near USC, said Dafer Dakhil, the foundation’s director. It lasted about an hour, during which Holder gave prepared remarks and answered questions from an invited audience of about 200 people ages 18 to 33.

Questions posed at the event covered such topics as concern about law enforcement profiling of Muslim Americans, the sanctity of mosques, hate crimes and the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Dakhil said.

“The attorney general got to meet face to face with a generation of Muslims born and raised in this country,” he said. “He didn’t have to depend on what he reads in the papers or what his staff tells him. He got to see them face to face. . . . I don’t believe that ever took place in the previous administration.”

-- Paloma Esquivel in Orange County

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he visited a mosque, wow whats the big deal,
im more concerned with the infestation of latinos, mexican gangs in california and U.S who go about with their guns not speaking a word of english

London times had an article about a muslim man that was attacked by 2 other muslim men, throwing acid in his face and stabbing him in the back, because of a friendship with a woman. According to a neighbor, the attacker(s) came from an ordinary muslim family. So much for civil rights. Wake up America.

The comments on this thread are so ignorant and racist its actually quite funny to read. Thanks for the comic relief you neo-nazis.

did he bow to alla

To the Muslim posters in this string. Please explain sharia law to the group, as everthing I have heard and seen regarding it does not exemplify tolerance and peace. Please explain the "honor killing" concept. I can state that are some Christian zealots that believe they are "killing in the name of.." and that they are wrong. Fellow Christians are duty bound to prevent these extremists and bring them back to light.

I do not understand how the AG of the US needs to meet with ANY religious group individually as justice should be blind. Prosecution or protection is SUPPOSED to be equal under the law. If I am persecuted and say, murdered for being a Christian, my place is set at the right hand of the Father. My understanding of the Muslim faith is similar reward for their sacrifice.

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