Our America: Remarks To The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
These are the prepared remarks â€œOur Americaâ€: Brian Levin; Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino for the Annual Jalsa Salana Conference in Harrisburg, PA; July 30, 2016
A Star in The Constellation of American Faiths
Distinguished hosts and all my dear friends and neighbors in the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, thank you so very much for the privilege of sharing in your annual Jalsa Salana conference.
My address today is entitled â€œOur Americaâ€ and my name is Brian Levin. For almost two decades I have directed the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, a community that has endured the evil scourge of violent hatred by extremists who distorted your faith and claimed to be Muslim.
But, as his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad explained, â€œIf a person does not follow a particular teaching properly whilst claiming to subscribe to it, then it is he who is in error, not the teaching.â€
Indeed, for over a century your community has been a shining star in our twinkling constellation of American faiths, from veterans on foreign battlefields, to scientists and medical doctors, and of course your incredibly outsized contributions to the uniquely American art form of jazz music.