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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-10-07 05:53 PM
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19. Well....
My Sunni friends in Ft. Worth Texas, who were refugees from Iraq during the time of Saddam, did not wear hijab, nor were they in any way afraid of speaking their minds. Have you seen www.muslimwakeup.com ? If you go there, you will read many articles by Muslim women. It is true that the Wahhbists and other right wing Muslims have a very unenlightened view of how women are to be treated, but they are not, by any means, a majority, at least in this country. And one must realize that part of this is culture. I remember my grandfather saying how the people in the small town in Illinois where he grew up looking askance at the beer drinking done by his parents and the visiting German Lutheran ministers.

I agree that a large increase in the number of students in a school district should be subsidized by the federal government, especially when it comes to language education. Writing your Congressperson about this is definitely in order. Perhaps you could start a petition about this? As someone born in Michigan (Montcalm County), I'd be glad to sign it.

As for integration of refugees--it has been said that the reason they are coming there is because there are already Iraqi-Americans living there. I'm sure, therefore, that others will be going to the DFW Metroplex, as there is a rather large Muslim community there, and many are from Iraq.

As for the challenges integrating those from another country, with different language, religion, and social customs--isn't that the story of our nation? When Michigan was first settled, many folks came from western New York--but then came the Dutch, who founded Holland. There was an influx of Germans, too, around 1850--they fled Germany and took the St. Lawrence and then the lakes to Michigan and Illinois. Many were Catholic, most didn't know English, and almost all drank (which made the New Yorkers who were teetotalers gasp in horror)--there was a lot of prejudice against them. And then, gradually, they became Americans. The same thing will happen with these Iraqis, and sooner than you think.
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