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Student fights Islamophobia with selfies, headed to Minneapolis


A University of Wisconsin Superior student is using selfies and social media to fight Islamophobia.

Scott McNorton started a campaign called #SelfiesWithMuslims after Donald Trump called to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the U.S., KBJR reports.

The Selfies With Muslims Facebook page says the movement aims to fight "ignorance and hatred that has developed towards the Muslim community" and promote "acceptance and tolerance through pictures and experiences."

McNorton uses Facebook and Twitter to share his #SelfiesWithMuslims. Many photos are captioned with the story of how he came to meet the person in his photo.

McNorton says he wants people to understand Muslims are not terrorists.He told WDIO studies say there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and about 200,000 ISIS fighters.

According to the News Leader in Virginia, the campaign has drawn international attention. The paper says McNorton has received messages from people in Morocco, Syria and Canada. And most of them have been positive.

A post on the Selfies With Muslims Facebook page says the movement will be heading to Minneapolis January 8. It says the President of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota invited McNorton to visit. The UWS student asks anyone who identifies as Muslim to meet up, chat and take a selfie.

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