“There is absolutely no contradiction between being a proud American and a proud Muslim,” notes Farah A. Pandith (pictured), United States’ Special Representative to Muslim Communities.
“Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of expression. As an extension, freedom of religion has come to become one of the most treasured American values.
“From the time of our founding fathers all the way to President Barack Obama, they have talked about Islam and Muslims with great respect. Islam is part of America and it has added to the rich history of our country.
“President Obama has said very clearly that American-Muslims are a part of the fabric of America. He has talked about the fact that there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s only ‘we’. So there’s no contradiction.”
This excerpt is from an interview with Ms. Pandith in MuscatDaily.com. Read the rest of it here.
Are Muslims at home in America? And, is America at ease with Muslims?
Mucahit Bilici investigates these questions in his new book, Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion (The University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Among his conclusions: “If you want to make Islam part of America, you have to make America (and its religious diversity) part of Islam.”
Read the entire article from MuscatDaily.com here.
According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.”
Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language.
He points out that there is no parallel term for Christians (Christianist?), and posits that Islamist “actually means ‘Jihadi’, ‘Towelhead’, ‘Hajji’.”
Do you agree with his assessment?
If you’re anywhere in or near Chicago, Illinois, on February 5, 2013, consider scheduling a stop at 5:30 p.m. for a Middle East Forum sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
“Turmoil and Turbulence: Barack Obama and the Middle East 2.0″ is the topic for a presentation including Haleh Esfandiari (pictured), Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Aaron David Miller, Vice President, New Initiatives, and Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The discussion is moderated by Rachel Bronson, Vice President, Studies, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
It takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois. Cost for those who are not members of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is $20, and business attire is required.
This program is cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs)