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Reader comment on item: Faces of American Islam[: Muslim Immigrants]

Submitted by Sheerahkahn (United States), Aug 15, 2002 at 14:18

I read with interest the discussion and I wonder at the same questions: " Will their dual identities as Americans and Muslims be complementary or contradictory? Will they accept or reject the Islamist program of changing the United States? Will they control the urge toward violence? More broadly, will they insist on adapting the United States to Islam, or will they agree to adapt Islam to the United States?"

It is strange for me to comprehend that on one hand the Muslim world is jealously desirous of the freedoms of expression that U.S. citizens take for granted, and on the other how deep the resentment goes that they wish us to be enslaved to their religious dogma as well. How can such a contradiction exist, and yet with in the Islamic world it does. On the left hand we are hated, and on the right hand, we are loved. The juxtaposition of the two emotions that are being expressed confuses the mind.
I hope the answers to Mr. Pipes and Mr. Duran's questions are wisely, and peacefully, discovered by the Muslim community.


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