An impressive braintrust of international relations is gathering at Boise State today, participating in the 28th annual Frank Church Conference, which this year examines the timely topic of the Arab Spring. The noontime speaker was Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, recently profiled in BW's Citizen feature.
"I am here in the name of God," said Khan. "The same God that we all worship. The God of Abraham, Ishmael, Moses and Jesus."
Khan spoke to a packed ballroom at Boise State's Student Union, which included several dignitaries such as Ambassador Christopher Hill, former U.S. assistant secretary of state and ambassador to Iraq, Ambassador Hesham El Nakib, consul general of Egypt, and Dr. Peter Howard of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
"The struggle for acceptance is the cross that Muslims bear in the United States," said Khan. "We have representatives from the U.S. State Department here today. I can tell you directly that we can be your ambassadors."