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Hateful bloggers collect every negative news item on the Muslim world to fit their narrative. They share the supremacism, sexism and homophobia of anti-Semitic and anti-Ahmadi Muslim speakers who unwittingly participate in their narrative. Both feed off each other and contribute to a vicious cycle of hate. They make for strange bedfellows. Such hateful rhetoric has grave consequences for everyday citizens, not just Muslims.
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Like many families, the horror of what happened in Manchester, UK at the Ariana Grande show has dominated conversation in our house. We are music fans and concert goers and this senseless attack hit us hard. The images of mostly teenage girls running, injured and scared while their parents were frantic, are devastating. So we talk. We talk not only about the news as it comes in, but also about "now what?" And we came up with a plan.
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The shocking reality that what happened in Manchester could have happened to us leaves me feeling helpless. How do I talk my child about hatred, violence and fear? How do I expose her to the incomprehensible acts of terror when I can't assure her that I will be able to keep her safe?
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It's important to know how to react quickly.
At least two friends relied on social media to find each other.