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NY Times: American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?
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By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: September 5, 2010


For nine years after the attacks of Sept. 11, many American Muslims made concerted efforts to build relationships with non-Muslims, to make it clear they abhor terrorism, to educate people about Islam and to participate in interfaith service projects. They took satisfaction in the observations by many scholars that Muslims in America were more successful and assimilated than Muslims in Europe.

Now, many of those same Muslims say that all of those years of work are being rapidly undone by the fierce opposition to a Muslim cultural center near ground zero that has unleashed a torrent of anti-Muslim sentiments and a spate of vandalism. The knifing of a Muslim cab driver in New York City has also alarmed many American Muslims.

We worry: Will we ever be really completely accepted in American society? said Dr. Ferhan Asghar, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Cincinnati and the father of two young girls. In no other country could we have such freedoms thats why so many Muslims choose to make this country their own. But we do wonder whether it will get to the point where people dont want Muslims here anymore.

Eboo Patel, a founder and director of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based community service program that tries to reduce religious conflict, said, I am more scared than Ive ever been more scared than I was after Sept. 11.

That was a refrain echoed by many American Muslims in interviews last week. They said they were scared not as much for their safety as to learn that the suspicion, ignorance and even hatred of Muslims is so widespread. This is not the trajectory toward integration and acceptance that Muslims thought they were on. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/06/us/06muslims.html?hp




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