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  •  My sense is that Muslim immigrants to the US (4+ / 0-)
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    JDsg, Brit, dibsa, Wee Mama

    are treated a lot better than Muslim immigrants to Christian Europe. But my sense is only anecdotal. Any thoughts?

    •  Absolutely (7+ / 0-)

      Oddly enough a poll just out confirms that US Muslims feel more positive about their prospects there than any other major American faithgroup

      Also, by bizarre coincidence, my uncle taught Mohammed Atta architecture in Hamburg. If you look at the initial 9/11 attackers, the ring leaders were Muslims disaffected by their experience of Europe

      Meanwhile, as my first essay explains, the rise of anti Islamic Parties in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland etc. is very much a European phenomenon

      "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

      by Brit on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 09:29:44 AM PDT

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    •  I can't say better or worse... (3+ / 0-)
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      JDsg, capelza, Wee Mama

      not living in Europe BUT I know from what I see from family members in a really tolerant city for Muslims.  It is ugly and it is shame and it shouldn't happen in America.

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 09:31:07 AM PDT

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    •  European Muslims = US Hispanics (2+ / 0-)
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      Brit, JDsg

      That's probably a reasonable first approximation.

      In Britain, the "mill and mosque towns" of Lancashire and Yorkshire are a particular problem.  Muslims were encouraged to immigrate in order to provide cheap labor for the textile mills, but those mills ended up closing down anyway, as no worker in Britain (even a Pakistani or Bengali immigrant) could compete on price with a Chinese in China or an Indian in India.

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