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View Diary: Countering anti-Muslim xenophobia: pre-9/11/11 Edition (31 comments)

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  •  I believe in the American value that no (1+ / 0-)
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    group should be maligned or discriminated against because of their race or religion. But I can understand why there is prejudice against Muslims in this country. I think that the problems with Muslims in America is that their faith is a bit alien to Americans and they are associated with cultures and particularly theocracies that appear to embrace violence.  Just the term "holy war" is an alien concept to Americans.  Sure, in its earlier history Christianity made lots of holy wars but you never hear the term, "Holy War" from Americans.  We have separation of church and state in this country.  What I'm trying to say is that people from the middle east identify by their religion, and for whatever reasons their religion is associated with violence by many Americans because of things like jihad or holy wars.  This is very alien to Americans. Terrorists from the middle east identify themselves by their religion. It also doesent help when some in the arabic countries refer to the US as the Great Satan. We may be the great Satan, lol, but it dosn't help to say it.

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