Mansoor Shams stands in downtown Denver with his sign, "I'm A Muslim U.S. Marine Ask Anything." He is traveling the country in an effort to dispel misconceptions about Muslims.

Mansoor Shams is comfortable with a variety of labels.
He’s a veteran, who served in the U.S. Marines from 2000 to 2004. He’s a small-business owner. He’s a Muslim youth leader. And now he’s an ambassador — self-appointed.
Shams is traveling around the country with a sign that says, “I’m A Muslim U.S. Marine Ask Anything.”
He says the most common questions are related to the Islamic stance on Sharia law, women’s rights, ISIS and homosexuality. While the questions aren’t always informed, Shams tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro that he still believes these conversations have led to something positive.
“There’s a lot of assumptions that are made, unfortunately, when people see a Muslim,” he says. “But what I found is that the conversation, the dialogue, has for the most part led to something very fruitful.”
On explaining Sharia law
I think the closest one that I got as a question was, she made a comment something like, …
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