Wednesday, August 30, 2006

RE: Next year - Next Door - Too Late?

H/T FR

My earlier post Next Year - Next Door - Too Late turns out to be optimistic. Just scroll down.

From the Washington Post, no less:

Despite contemporary public opinion -- or perhaps because of it -- Muslim Americans consider Islam their defining characteristic, beyond any national identity. In this way, their experience in the United States resembles that of their co-religionists in Europe, where mosques are also growing, Islamic schools are being built, and practicing the faith is the center of life, particularly for the young generation. In Europe and the United States, young Muslims are unifying around popular imams they believe understand the challenges they face in Western societies; these leaders include Yusuf in the United States and Amer Khaled, an Egyptian-born imam who lives in Britain. Thousands of young Muslims attend their lectures.
Read the Article

I've preserved the article in case it disappears behind their registration wall.

It's important to note the struggle against assimilation and/or integration.

In my years of interviews, I found few indications of homegrown militancy among American Muslims. Indeed, thus far, they have proved they can compete economically with other Americans. Although the unemployment rate for Muslims in Britain is far higher than for most other groups, the average annual income of a Muslim household surpasses that of average American households. Yet, outside the workplace, Muslims retreat into the comfort zone of their mosques and Islamic schools.

It is too soon to say where the growing alienation of American Muslims will lead, but it seems clear that the factors contributing to it will endure. U.S. foreign policy persists in dividing Muslim and Western societies, making it harder still for Americans to realize that there is a difference between their Muslim neighbor and the plotter in London or the kidnapper in Baghdad.

It is NOT too soon to say where the growing alienation of American Muslims will lead, but it seems clear that the factors contributing to it will endure.

Indeed, the article simply doesn't draw the reasonable conclusion... We'll have enclaves of folks, speaking Arabic (and Spanish) who do not consider themselves Americans.

I suggest that we already do!

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