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Father Of Muslim American War Hero Takes On Islamophobic Trump

Captain Humayun S. M. Khan was a true American hero.

In June of 2004, Captain Khan was serving in Iraq with the 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. He was at a designated military checkpoint when a vehicle with two men inside approached. Khan immediately yelled for his squad to “hit the dirt” when the driver didn’t stop as he had ordered. Khan continued to walk toward the vehicle as his fellow soldiers complied with his orders. The vehicle exploded and killed Captain Khan.

For his service to his country, Captain Khan was posthumously awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was also laid to rest with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Captain Khan was also a proud Muslim American.

And now his father, Khizir Khan, has something very important to say to the Islamophobic Donald Trump. It is a message all Americans need to hear.

Khizr Khan told Vocativ:

“Muslims are American, Muslims are citizens, Muslims participat[e] in the well-being of this country as American citizens. We are proud American citizens. It’s the values [of this country] that brought us here, not our religion. Trump’s position on these issues do not represent those values.”

Mr. Khan also noted that there was a reason his son joined the armed forces in the first place and made the sacrifice he did on that fateful day in 2004:

“We still wonder what made him take those 10 steps [towards the car]. Maybe that’s the point where all the values, all the service to country, all the things he learned in this country kicked in. It was those values that made him take those 10 steps. Those 10 steps told us we did not make [a] mistake in moving to this country. These were the values we wanted to adopt. Not religious values, human values.”

As Captain Khan’s obituary states so eloquently, so movingly:

“His colleagues and superiors remembered him for his courage, honesty, sense of humor and grace while in the field, even under pressure. Captain Khan’s colleagues eulogized his exemplary services and praised him for the leadership he provided to his troops.”

It should also be pointed out that Muslim Americans have served honorably in the U.S. military since the American revolution. They fought in the trenches of World War I. They stormed the beaches at Normandy in World War II, winning decisive victories over Germany and Japan. Many are also engaged in our current battle against extremists such as ISIS.

So if anyone is a threat to this country, it is not Muslim Americans. It is bigoted, narrow-minded merchants of hate and division such as Donald Trump.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

3 replies on “Father Of Muslim American War Hero Takes On Islamophobic Trump”

Trump is a threat? When I go out in public I definitely do not worry about getting shot by Trump as he screams “Allahu Akbar.” Do yourself a favor and Google muslim terrorist attacks and scroll through the hundreds of events around the world, or narrow your search to attacks in the U.S., either way there’s plenty to read. Sure there are good Muslims out there, but it’s always small groups in history that do the most damage; there were good Germans living peaceful lives while the Nazis killed millions. But you go on and keep worrying about Trump. I think it’s ironic that you would use this example (as a former Soldier it offends me); CPT Khan is killed by Muslim terrorists and his father and you talk about how good Muslims are and how bad Trump is. Amazing.

I am also a former member of the military, and I find people like you to be particualarly odious. You seem to believe that because you served in the military your opinion is more valid than others. But that is bullshit. And if you had half the sense of a tangerine you would also know that more Americans have been killed by domestic terrorists such as the KKK than have ever been killed by Muslim terrorists. Even if you had the facts showing that, no doubt you would deny them. Your kind of noxious and willful ignorance makes me want to puke my guts out.

I do not think my opinion matters more because I was in the military and it’s unfair and irrational for you to say that, I only mentioned it because it is related to the story. This Soldier was killed in the line of duty and you are using that fact for political purposes, which is pitiful. You, as former military (I’m skeptical) should know that. As for the KKK, I wouldn’t deny the facts, but you didn’t present them did you? A quick search tells me they peaked in the 1920s. We face a threat TODAY and you point a finger at America and talk of an organization that peaked 100 years ago. Again, amazing.

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