If there's one thing in this contentious election year that nearly every American citizen can agree upon, it's that ISIS totally, totally sucks.

And there's no one more fed up with those monsters than, well, actual Muslims.

The vast majority of people killed by violent jihadists are Muslim themselves — and yet, the 3.3 million Muslims who live in the United States are continuously (and unfairly) called upon to condemn every act of terror committed in the name of radical Islam.


"Maybe we shouldn’t have to explain ourselves," Omar Ali, a third-generation Muslim American, said in The Islamic Monthly. "But the truth is these are the unfortunate times that we are in, where perhaps we do have to take that moment and speak to and reach out to people."

Photo by David Shankbone/Flickr.

"Obviously Muslims know that ISIS sucks," Leena Suleiman of the nonprofit Islamic media organization Sound Vision said in an interview with NBC.

"It's about shouting out, 'ISIS does not represent me, I'm Muslim, I say the word 'sucks,' I'm like everyone else in my country,'" she said. "We want to scream it from a billboard."

And that's exactly what they did.

Photo from Sound Vision, used with permission.

This anti-ISIS billboard went up on Aug. 4, 2016, in Chicago.

It sends the #ActualMuslims message loud and clear for any Chicagoans driving northbound on I-294.

"Designing, creating and implementing the billboard idea was truly a grassroots effort by a group of Muslims from Chicago who, like me, sincerely want to let the world know that we are Americans and love this country and will not allow an extremist fringe group to hijack our faith," said Ali, who worked with Sound Vision on the campaign.

"Our aim was to remind people that we are actual, everyday Muslims who want to live our lives, practice our faith and do the best we can as Americans."

So far? It looks like it's working.



In addition to this hilariously delightful ad placement, Sound Vision is also offering numerous resources for Muslim Americans and allies to help fight Islamophobia.

This includes downloadable brochures explaining how the words of the Prophet Muhammad actually condemn ISIS and slavery, as well as a concrete action plan for fighting extremism and hate. There's even a helpful link for people interested in bringing an "ISIS sucks" billboard into their own community!

Photo by David Shankbone/Flickr.

ISIS definitely sucks. But all Muslims do not.

Of course, it will take a little more than just a few chants of "You suck! Go home!" to end the reign of ISIS. But Islamophobia contributes to Islamic terrorism, and when we threaten to ban Muslims from the country, we're giving more fuel to the fire.

American Muslims already stand in solidarity with their nation — they are Americans, after all.

Now it's our turn to stand behind them (and their awesome billboard) to denounce the undeniable suckage of those two sucktastic suck monsters: ISIS and bigotry.

That's the only way to win.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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