04 September, 2006

Responding to America's Muslims Aren't as Assimilated as You Think :: Washington Post

In an earlier post here, John Chilton pointed to an article in the Washington Post questioning whether Muslims in the US were assimilated. As someone who studies Muslim assimilation in the US, it kinda pissed me off. I wrote a response I sent to the WashPost and to NYNewsday, but since they will never see the light of day, I figured I'd just post it on my blog since it's written...

Title: “Are Muslims raised in the US assimilated? More than you think.”

In the August 27 edition of the Washington Post, Geneive Abdo wrote a piece entitled "America's Muslims aren't as assimilated as you think.”

The title alarmed me – should I be afraid of these persons who are not assimilated? Does that mean they don’t like NASCAR? Can they sing the “Big Mac” song? It must be true, then, that there are sleeper terrorist cells among these “unassimilables.”

Read on...


Lirun said...

there seem to be tense relations in australia as well right now..




as an israeli i find these articles irresponsible.. i remember during the depth of the war in iraq when the leaders of the australian muslim community lead a campaign and negotiation with the captors and brought about the release of an australian hostage with full commitment and despite all odds..

Anonymous said...

America is such a diverse place. If you take any sub-population in America, whether it is religious, ethnic, geographical, or whatever, there will be a differences from "average" Americans. But that makes none of them less American.

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