Islamophobes Should See These Photos of Muslim American Service Members

In his Oval Office address on Sunday, President Barack Obama made several meaningful points about the dangers of Islamophobia in the U.S., emphasizing that Islamic extremists do not represent the Muslim population as a whole. He said that "Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes—and yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country."

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The fact that more than 6,000 Muslim Americans have served in the U.S. military since September 11, risking their lives to combat terrorism overseas, is often overlooked. And while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that Muslim servicemen would be exempt from his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S., his statement nonetheless reflects a troubling anti-Islamic sentiment throughout the country.

In response to the Islamophobic comments of politicians that emerged after the attack in San Bernardino, California, last week, people have raised attention to Muslim Americans in the military by posting photos of servicemen, as well as the gravestones of those lost in combat, on social media.

Here are the faces of Islam in the U.S. Armed Services.

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These photos show Muslim servicemen teaching their "battle buddies" about Ramadan, a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims.

Some Twitter users posted photos of the gravestones of decorated, Muslim servicemen who died during the U.S. military campaign known as "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

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When asked about Islam, Donald Trump and Pres. George W. Bush have very different responses.

Posted by ATTN: on Monday, November 30, 2015