Michigan town features the nation's first Muslim majority city council

The small town of Hamtramck in Wayne County, Michigan has become the first Muslim majority city council in the nation.  Four of the six councilmen are Muslims.  The mayor, Karen Majewski, is of Polish descent.

Indeed, for most of the 20th century, Poles made up a majority of the population of Hamtramck.  But with the decline of the auto industry, the town gradually became a hodgepodge of 18 different ethnicities, including an influx of Muslims from the Middle East, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.

"We are very proud and we are very happy for that achievement, what we have done in this city, for our city," said Jamal Alturki, a voter.

Voters gave Abu Musa and Anam Miah another term in office. Saad Almasmari was elected for the first time. Now four of the six City Council members will be of Muslim faith.

It's said to be the first majority Muslim City Council not only in Hamtramck but in the entire country.

"I think that sends a message not only to Hamtramck but throughout the region that people want their representation in offices," Miah said.

Although there will be more diversity at the table, they want to make clear the goal of public service stays the the same.

"My concern is to give the people, everybody, equal opportunity and be fair for everybody," said Musa.

"We are going to represent everybody. We are going to serve everybody, Christians, Jewish, Muslims, everybody," said Almasmari.

You would hope the good citizens of the town would hold the council to that statement.

Hamtramck is hardly a hotbed of jihadism.  But being the first Muslim majority city council, there will be great interest to see how the town is governed.  And don't let anyone tell you you're an Islamophobe for being concerned.

A poll last summer revealed that a majority of Muslims would rather be governed by sharia law than the U.S. Constitution.  A majority of Muslims also said they prefer sharia courts to U.S. courts.  A quarter of Muslims surveyed agreed with the idea that violence should be used in the U.S. to impose sharia law on everyone. 

With this in mind, it is prudent to watch the performance of lawmakers where many co-religionists believe that the Constitution should be overthrown.  It's not bigotry to observe politicians as they perform their duties.  Since when is an informed citizen a bigot? 

No one is calling for a religious test for office.  But in the same manner that citizens should watch politicians for corrupt practices, so too should citizens observe what a Muslim city council does in the performance of its duties.

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