With Americans still in shock after watching packed airliners fly into the World Trade Center towers, George W. Bush asked America, “Why do they hate us?

His answer laid the groundwork for a legacy of fear: “They hate our freedoms.”

Now 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, fear of Muslims in America is at an all-time high.
News commentators and evangelical preachers pump out the same story: the Quran teaches the violent subjugation of all to the teachings of Islam. Hollywood adds fuel– Prime Video ran a high-octane Super Bowl ad for its 2018 counterterrorism series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Politicians ride the wave of fear.

Why do they hate us? takes the spotlight off of the extremists and puts it on Islam’s mainstream.

Drawing on experiences from five years living in Kazakhstan, author Steve Slocum paints an accurate portrait of the world of Islam – from its humble beginnings in social justice, to its meteoric rise as a political empire, to its fall under the cruel hand of Western colonialism. Slocum addresses common misconceptions and definitively connects the dots between cause and effect for the rise in Islamic terrorism. Slocum suggests practical ways to overcome fears by face-to-face interaction with our Muslim neighbors.

Why do they hate us? is sprinkled with stories from the lives of everyday Muslims and anecdotes from Slocum’s time in Kazakhstan, allowing the reader to catch a glimpse of a different side of Muslims than portrayed in the media.

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Steve Slocum, founder of Salaam

Steve Slocum took the adventure of a lifetime when he traveled with his family of five to Kazakhstan to become missionaries. Slocum and his family were among the first Americans to learn the Kazakh language and experience the culture of the indigenous Kazakhs. They were often on the receiving end of the iconic Muslim hospitality. It left a lasting impression.

Back in the states, Slocum resumed his engineering career, but grew uneasy with the growing levels of animosity towards Muslims. In 2018 he founded a nonprofit organization called Salaam whose mission is creating mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Slocum is an ambassador for the Parliament of World Religions and is a presenter at the 2018 Parliament in Toronto. He is a frequent speaker at churches, mosques, and civic groups.

Parliament of the World’s Religions
Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Amirah Sackett
San Diego Diplomacy Council Signature Event
Steve speaks at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church
Steve and Safi travel to Dubai for World Tolerance Summit
Awareness Event, St. Andrews

2019 event schedule coming soon!

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