Fairfield LWV speaker to discuss ‘Perception vs. Reality’ of Muslims
Published 7:09 am, Saturday, September 19, 2015
A program on “Islam Today: Perception and Reality” will be presented Sunday by the Fairfield League of Women Voters;
Dr. M. Reza Mansoor, a cardiologist and the president of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, will be the featured speaker at the 1:30 p.m. program at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road. A reception precedes Mansoor’s remarks at 2 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period.
The program is free and open to the public.
Mansoor is a trustee of the Hartford Seminary, the country’s oldest center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, as well as the founding president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. The coalition, according to publicity for the event, is a non-profit organization that “promotes shared values of mutual respect and social responsibility through community service and educational outreach activities.”
More than 100,000 Muslims now live in Connecticut, according to the LWV, but man state “residents know very little about Muslim neighbors.”
“Not only are we a minority community that is not well understood, we are a relatively new minority community in America,” Mansoor said in the press release. The LWV said its program aims to help provide some of that understanding.
Questions about the program can be emailed to the Fairfield LWV at firstname.lastname@example.org.