Originally posted by utherpendragon
There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not. Either way,the controversy surrounding him should of been apparent.
Rashad Hussain was quoted as telling a Muslim students’ event in Chicago that if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy.
Whether Rashad Hussain has been misquoted or quoted correctly is absolutely central to the validity of your OP, not just an incidental detail. If he stood up/spoke up for the fundamental rights of fellow Americans, then he is surely an exemplary citizen, especially if he had the personal and professional courage to do so in the face of flak from those who'd condemn him for being involved in 'controversy' even if was in the right.
If, on the other hand, Rashad Hussain has endorsed terrorism or criminal activity by Americans, then perhaps there is a serious charge to answer. Are you making that charge?
He reportedly said "...if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy". No controversy there, then. You, I and everyone else can undoubtedly endorse that statement. And if he practises that bit of preaching competently, then there can be no controversy about him being appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. All sides would be able to agree on that too.
But with Rashad Hussain's comments about Sami al-Arian you say "There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not". Surely you must see, as a conservative minded person presumably unyielding in your opposition to any restriction of freedom of thought and speech, that the question of what he DID actually say and whether "this guy was misquoted or not" is vital?