Have you seen the story about the Green Bay alderman quizzing a Muslim about terrorism before answering her question? Crazy.
Here’s the full blown exchange and the USA Today story, but basically the woman, Heba Mohammad, emailed Green Bay Alderman Chris Wery asking about free public transportation on election day. An innocent question, especially considering Green Bay offers free bus service on Packer game days, and not a bad idea. But beside the point.
Instead of answering, Wery asks Mohammad about her background with a local Muslim student group:
I just want to be assured that your group in no way promotes or defends militant Islamic ideology or Sharia law. Do you and the MSA condemn both of those as well as terrorist groups such as HAMAS?
Wery has quickly apologized, brushing it off as being busy with too many things at once. He realizes he was too blunt and phrased it poorly.
I’ll say. Give the guy the benefit of the doubt, sure, even Mohammad was impressed he called to apologize.
But let’s treat each other like people, OK? You don’t grill someone about stereotypical associations before being willing to talk to them. Especially when you’re an elected official.
Nobody asks me if I condemn the KKK before taking my questions.