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Being Muslim in America Just Got Harder

March 10, 2011

Last weekend, I was in the Detroit airport heading home from our “Jobs and Human Needs” event.  I rounded a corner and almost bumped into a young woman who was wearing a head scarf – I assumed she was Muslim.  I smiled and apologized for nearly colliding with her.  She looked down, and hurried away.  I wondered why, until I saw the reason on the big screen TVs blaring out news around the airport — the news of Rep. Peter King’s upcoming hearings on the “Radicalization of Islam” had hit the talk-show circuit.

I thought about the horrible videos we had seen of the crowds in Orange County, California, screaming “go home” at Muslims — including children — attending a fundraising event.  Their radical crime?  They were raising money for a battered women’s shelter.  The young woman in the airport would probably be subjected to some of that invective today, I thought.  I was ashamed to think that she feared that kind of behavior from me.  As a Muslim woman, she would be even more visible and vulnerable to attack than her male relatives, whose garb is less distinctive.  I wanted to tell her — not all non-Muslims agree with Peter King and with that crowd in Orange County.  But when I looked back, she was gone.

On the plane, I drafted a letter to the members of the Homeland Security Committee, to urge them to reject the very premise for the hearing… to reject the idea that Congress has any authority at all to look into the teachings and practices of a particular religion.  This Congress is particularly interested in following the Constitution… sometimes.  I hope they look at it closely this time.

One Comment
  1. March 10, 2011 4:42 pm

    This is most directly addressed by exploding the myths about muslim blowback–most notably about the allegations of muslim involvement in 9-11.

    Mass media and Hollywood are complicit in the coverup of the lies of 9-11.

    David Ray Griffin wrote an article proving that 9-11 could not have been pulled off by muslims. Everyone at FCNL should read it.

    I have that article on the home page of You can scroll down to find the article. While scrolling, look at the other evidence.

    FCNL can make a difference. We will succeed to the degree we confront pure evil. Thus far, the taboo subject seems taboo even at FCNL which purports to be about peace, truth and justice.

    Prove the mission statement. Open the Pandora’s box, PLEASE!

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