America needs more Muslims

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I thought this article, titled "Why America Needs More Muslims", makes a very good point, namely that part of what feeds the anti-Islamic prejudice going on right now is that a lot of Americans don't know any Muslims and thus hold views about Islam based on stereotypes rather than reality. I often wonder how many of those who are so vehemently anti-Muslim, who oppose the building of mosques throughout the US as well as the building of a Muslim cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero, are actually acquainted with even a single Muslim in their personal lives. Familiarity doesn't always erase prejudice, of course, but I can't help but think that it might help to humanize people who are so easily demonized as "the Other".

1 comments:

Pastor Bob Cornwall said...

Yes, and because there are so few Muslims, we find it easier to demonize them. As the Time Magazine article noted, the recent survey that reduced the estimated number of Muslims from about 6 million to 2.5 million, makes this even easier. They become the acceptable scapegoat.