Vail Daily letter: A patriotic American |

Vail Daily letter: A patriotic American

Michael Schneider
Vail, CO, Colorado

Last week the Vail Valley 9.12 Project sponsored a “meet and greet” with candidates running for office this November. Among them were Ken Buck (U.S. Senate), Bob Brancato , Stephen Bailey (U.S. House), Walker Stapleton, J.J. Ament and Ali Hasan (state treasurer).

Everyone made it except Walker Stapleton and J. J. Ament, who canceled due to the weather. It was an informative introduction to the candidates and moreover gave me insight to Ali Hasan, and that is why I am submitting this letter to the editor.

Ali Hasan is a Muslim. As the organizer of the Vail Valley 9.12 Project, I receive many e-mails, some of which I wish I did not. There have been questions as to Mr. Hasan’s religion and how it would play in to his political aspirations.

After Mr. Hasan’s very informative discourse, I asked to have a candid discussion with him. He agreed, and I asked him very pointed questions. I asked him about his views on terrorism, Al Qaeda and jihadism, among many other issues of the day.

Lastly, I said, “I am a Jew, you are a Muslim — what are your thoughts?” Ali looked me in the eye and said, “We are brothers.”

Ali is a Sufi Muslim. I did some research and would encourage anyone who has questions to Google Sufis. The Sufis are fighting Al Qaeda in Somalia.

Folks, Ali Hasan was born in Pueblo, Colo. His family moved to the Vail area years ago and have been an important and contributing part of our community. This is not an endorsement of Ali Hasan as a candidate for office. This is an endorsement of a patriotic American who loves his country.

Bigotry, racism and discrimination will destroy the foundation of any culture they infiltrate.

Michael Schneider

Organizer, Vail Valley 9.12 Project

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