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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 07:26 AM
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NY Times: American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?
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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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 07:47 AM
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1. 150 yrs ago, it was the Germans asking this. 100 yrs ago it was the Irish.
50 yrs ago (and more) it was African-Americans.

The Right-wing fringe will always be ready & willing to attack - physically as well politically & economically - those new Americans they can paint as "alien".
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 07:49 AM
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2. The term used in the article is "be...accepted", not "belong". There is a difference.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 07:57 AM
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4. It's the title of the article. Also, the term "belong" is used later in the article...

People are discussing what is the alternative if we dont belong here, he said. There are jokes: When are we moving to Canada, when are we moving to Sydney? Nobody will go anywhere, but there is hopelessness, there is helplessness, there is real grief.

Mr. Antepli just returned from a trip last month with a rabbi and other American Muslim leaders to Poland and Germany, where they studied the Holocaust and the events that led up to it (the group issued a denunciation of Holocaust denial on its return).

Some of what people are saying in this mosque controversy is very similar to what German media was saying about Jews in the 1920s and 1930s, he said. Its really scary."
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 08:00 AM
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5. It's the headline of the article.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 07:53 AM
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3. K&R The Reichwing aren't called that for nothing...
They want new Islamophobic versions of the 1935 Nuremberg laws: http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~jobrien/reference/ob14.html
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 08:35 AM
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6. K&R
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