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Muslims for Life blood drive a success -- no thanks to Congressman King

By Linda LeTendre
Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am pleased to announce that the Muslims for Life project to collect 10,000 units of blood in honor of those who lost their lives in 9/11 has met that goal and with several blood drives yet to go they will more than exceed it.

A beautiful affirmation of life and unity if there ever was one.

Our own drive in Saratoga Springs netted 24 units, with 11 first time donors (the Red Cross says this is a big deal!). About 34 people came to try to donate and learned something about Islam in the process.

I asked my friend Samin, half in jest (OK less than half), if Representative King, who earlier this year held the congressional hearings on only the extremism of our Muslims citizens, donated at any of the two drives held on Capitol Hill. She told me that they had indeed personally invited him to be part of the event by going to his office and telling him about MFL, what they hoped to accomplish and why.

He told them he would be part of the event but the “Honorable” King ended up leaving via a Capitol side door without even so much as a “thanks but no thanks” to the MFL.

Who says integrity, character and compassion are dead in our politicians?

How about that; King is a big man when he has the power of the government behind him but sneaks off when he has to stand on his own. Isn't that one of the definitions of a bully?

 

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