Muslim speakers clear misconceptions about their faith

Everyday Muslims have been saddled with a lot of strange questions as the profile of radical Islamist terror groups grows, Shirin Elkoshairi said, recalling growing up with Egyptian parents, Americans who happen to be Muslim.

For the longest time, he said, that he and his family are Muslim mattered little to others.

Elkoshairi, a practicing Sunni Muslim and member of the Circle of Peace interfaith organization, jokingly compared it to dealing with the antics of that drunken, black sheep uncle.

Except that uncle is on TV all the time, for the worst reasons, and doesn’t speak English.

“We have our drunk uncles, and that’s exactly who we’re going to talk about today,” he said.

The Circle of Peace group put on the event, called Conversations with Muslims, to chip away at misconceptions about the religion.

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