“After meeting with human rights activist Raheel Raza, I am shocked by DFL House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman’s incendiary comments labeling her an extremist.
Ms. Raza is a practicing Canadian Muslim and an outspoken opponent of radical Jihadism. She is a fierce advocate of women’s rights and has dedicated her life to fighting against the radicalization of our youth. She was recently awarded Canada’s 150th anniversary medal for service to the country, and has been invited to speak to governments around the world, including the U.S. Congress, UK House of Lords, Canadian Parliament, Swedish government, and the United Nations.
While Rep. Hortman claims her job is to “represent diverse views and treat all Minnesotans with respect,” in the same breath she labels Ms. Raza an extremist and demands legislative leaders rescind her invitation. Rep. Hortman would do well to heed her own advice, listen to those with different life experiences, and respect Ms. Raza’s perspective, rather than attempt to silence her voice.”