Minnesota leaders in politics, higher education, health care and business lent their names to a full-page advertisement in Monday's Star Tribune calling on residents to reject anti-Muslim expression as "un-Minnesotan."
"Though we may be a soft-spoken bunch," the ad reads, "we know better than to be silent or still in the face of bigotry shown to Muslims. Our Minnesotans."
The ad ran as presidential candidates have heavily debated global terrorism and national security. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., while others seeking the presidency have made a point of using the word "Islamic" when speaking about terror threats and acts around the world and domestically.