Shamsul Haque, Vice Chair/BAPA
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 20, 2016 | 6352 views | 0 0 comments | 238 238 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shamsul Haque is a Bangladeshi American police officer who is also Muslim. And he sees no problem with that.

“I don’t see personally any conflict between our religion and our country because the American Constitution does provide religious freedom for all,” he said.

Haque is part of a new organization called the Bangladeshi American Police Association (BAPA). They began last year with the goal of bridging the gap between the Bangladeshi community and law enforcement.

Their presence coincides with the rise of Donald Trump in American politics. The real estate mogul proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country.

Haque said Trump’s rhetoric and actions are creating fear in Muslim communities. That’s why BAPA began a poster campaign to combat Islamophobia, or prejudice against the religion is Islam.

Haque wants his fellow Muslim Americans to know that this is their country, too.

“But being an American comes with some responsibilities,” Haque said. “One of those responsibilities is to protect your homeland.”

He wants those who see suspicious activity to report them to authorities. BAPA has already posted flyers at businesses and mosques across the city.

With news about ISIS killing people abroad, Haque also wants Americans to know that Islam is a peaceful religion. He said those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam are “barbaric, demonic and un-Islamic.”

“There are some people claiming to be Muslims, and they are committing heinous acts against humanity,” he said. “This is not acceptable in Islam. We condemn those people.”

As for Donald Trump, Haque believes what he is saying is unconstitutional. He called the Republican presidential candidate’s actions immoral and un-American.

“I hope he does not become our president,” Haque said.
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