Muslim Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the days of George Washington. They have fought and died alongside Americans of all religions, races and creeds, yet Islamophobes like Donald Trump continue to question their patriotism.
It’s high time America heard their stories.
An upcoming documentary, titled “Muslim Military Stories,” highlights Muslim Americans who have served in the military in the years since September 11, 2001. Director David Washburn combined two interests he had previously worked on ― veterans and Muslim Americans ― to capture this unique subset of the Armed Forces.
“The thinking was that Muslim American veterans and service members occupy a really powerful space and can speak to issues ― like shared sacrifice, discrimination, religious freedom ― in ways non-Muslims will really tune in to,” Washburn told The Huffington Post.
Case in point, he said, is the Khans’ story, which has dominated much of American news media over the last week since Khizr Khan’s powerful DNC speech about his son, Humayun, and Donald Trump’s unflattering response.
“Through [Muslim veterans’] stories, we witness how the altruistic values we hold are starkly contrasted with the dark tones and fear that others speak of, like Trump,” Washburn said. “The two come together and make such a clear choice, that it can’t be ignored.”
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