Deedra Abboud answers questions during an interview, July 21, 2017, in her Phoenix campaign office, 124 W. McDowell, Phoenix.
A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate held a news conference Monday to denounce derogatory comments on social media, many of which target her Islamic faith.
Deedra Abboud, 45, a Phoenix attorney and community activist, spoke to a crowd of about 30 supporters and the media to denounce the “loud and proud” but “small” minority of people whom she said only seek to divide the public.
The comments, which she described as “fresh-ground Islamophobia,” overgeneralize a diverse group of people, she said.
“In America, we understand that some of our neighbors are Christian conservatives. Some are liberal Christians,” she said. “We know that Catholics in Rome and Catholics in Phoenix may not think the same.” But somehow, some people would like Americans to believe all the world’s Muslims “have no freedom of thought and have no individual responsibility on how they interpret their relationship with God.”
The supporters cheered when she shared how her husband, after 9/11, told her that for her safety she could take off her hijab. She said she told him she didn’t put it on for him, and she didn’t need his permission to take it off.
Abboud added that she was not the Muslim candidate in the race, but the American, Democratic and grassroots candidate, who happens to be Muslim.
How it began…
Six days after Abboud’s campaign posted its first video on April 10, she received the first hate…
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