GREENSBORO - Muslims for a Better North Carolina Saturday endorsed John Kerry's run for the presidency of the United States and urged Muslims in North Carolina to vote for the Kerry/Edwards ticket on Nov. 2.
"John Kerry is a Catholic and has a strong faith," said Badi Ali, president of Muslims for a Better North Carolina, "but Kerry isn't determined to impose his belief system on Americans and the world."
Kerry and his running mate, North Carolina' own John Edwards, support a revamping of the USA PATRIOT Act, a sweeping piece of legislation proposed by a fear-mongering Bush administration in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. The PATRIOT Act itself constricts freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, by allowing "sneak-and-peak" searches by F.B.I. agents and suspicionless covert investigations of all religious houses of worship across the United States.
Kerry and Edwards, with support from both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, seeks to restore many American freedoms stolen by the Bush administration and the PATRIOT Act in the name of fear.
On the war in Iraq, Kerry's adamant support of a world-wide coalition to restore order to Iraq is more even-handed than Bush's heavy-handed, "you with us or you're against us" approach. Kerry's vision for peace in the Middle East, Ali said, is much more like that of former President Bill Clinton, who worked openly and fairly to create a lasting peace n the area. The Bush administration's forays into the Middle East on all fronts have done nothing but increase tensions and hatred toward Americans.
A Kerry/Edwards will in November may be the difference between bringing peace and understanding to the Middle East and the world and continued war, death a nd despair advocated by the policies of the Bush administration.

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