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

Submitted by B. Michael Madany (United States), Aug 15, 2002 at 14:36

Thanks so much for this excellent article on Islam in the USA.

Certainly, not all Muslims are Islamists, but we seldom hear the moderates speak out against radicalism.

Your well-researched article is strong on the objetive facts, but could have been longer on the conclusions. It is too early to forecast the future behavior and attitude of immigrant Muslims. However, unless they leave their baggage (political component of their faith) behind, they will never integrate within American society.

Should the Federal Government keep on encouraging more Muslims from Daru'l Islam to come to the USA? Have our leaders ever heard about the history of the "futuhat?"

And, there is no sense talking about homeland security, when the Islamists who live (legally and illegally) among us, can freely live and plot to harm us.

In the middle of the last century, the "Walter-McCarren" act forbade entry to any alien who was suspected of belonging to a subversive organization. Applicants for visas had to prove that they did not belong to these banned groups. Does the cloak of religion forbid any similar measure to bar Islamists from entry to the USA?

B. M. M
A suffering, but grateful Levantine

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