Skip to main content

Islamic Center hosts mayor criticized for Muslim comment on Facebook

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The mayor who came under fire for a Facebook comment calling the Obamas Muslim and saying they "destroyed the fabric of democracy" attended an Islamic Center's potluck dinner Saturday night.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and his wife attended the Islamic Center of Twin Ports event after the mosque's president invited him.

The goal, the Duluth News Tribune said, was to get different people in the community together and talking to each other, leaving religion and politics out of it.

The Facebook comment

Hagen quickly came under fire a couple weeks ago after he left a Facebook comment on a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama, which read:

“Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of democracy that was so very hard fought for.”

He later confirmed with KBJR 6 he wrote the comment, saying he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama is Christian (a claim some critics continue to assert, even though it’s been repeatedly proven false.)

Backlash was swift.

The Superior City Council called on Hagen to retract his comment or resign. A protest in Superior Monday continued to put pressure on Hagen, Wisconsin Radio Network reported.

On Dec. 23, Hagen put out a statement (a copy of which was posted by FOX 21) saying he would not resign, and though his words may not have been "versed well or to the liking of some," he said he stands by his "unalienable right to speak and represent my beliefs through the First Amendment."

In a Jan. 1 letter published in the Superior Telegram, Hagen apologized for being "insensitive," and said he has "zero ill will, disrespect or animosity toward the Muslim religion."

The invite

Before that came out, the Islamic Center’s president, Ibrahim Al-Qudah, told the Duluth News Tribune he wanted to take “a different route,” and invited the mayor to dinner.

And that's what happened Saturday night, when Hagen and his family arrived for the potluck dinner with about 100 Muslims from the Islamic Center, WDIO reports.

On Facebook, the mosque thanked Hagen and his wife for coming, as well as city councilors and "so many wonderful members of the Twin Ports community."

"Masha'Allah! What an AMAZING turnout!" the post reads, before continuing: "We feel that this event was a great step in the right direction."

Next Up

police lights

Man arrested after abduction attempt in Bemidji

The incident occurred in Cameron Park on June 25.

betty danger's

Betty Danger's in NE Minneapolis for sale for $4.2 million

The asking price includes the restaurant's ferris wheel, as well as a nearby single-family home.


Minnesota health officials warn monkeypox cases could grow rapidly

The state has so far confirmed only six cases of monkeypox virus.


Bodies of woman, three young children recovered from Vadnais Lake

Authorities say the bodies recovered were those of two boys, one girl and their mother.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.


Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.