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When the latest horrible headline hits — and terror is the topic — Ali Mahmoud's thoughts travel a familiar path: "Oh, God, please, please… don't be Muslim. Please don't be Muslim."

Mahmoud, Muslim by faith, was born and raised in Plano. So he's also an American… right down to his star-spangled socks.

"The fact that people can go online or on their show and say the word 'Muslim' and for it to have a negative connotation about somebody—I think that's the most disheartening thing."


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