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muslims in america …. a lib. point of view so caution advised

It won’t hurt anyone here to read a very liberal POV.
Actually, it’s an interesting read even if you don’t care for what he has to say.

It’s from a liberal newspaper called “i”, which Drew once said when I mailed him a copy, he thought it should be printed on pink paper.
I’m telling you that as a warning. 

Something else I found quite interesting were the reader comments.  I expected a far more lib take on the subject.  This is after all, a liberal Brit paper.
The hard copy doesn’t often print many right wing or even just moderate conservative letters. They toss the old right wingers like me a bone now and again.  And once in awhile they do have a conservative voice.  But they aren’t as far left as the Guardian, which I wouldn’t read if it were given free.

When I was at this site, over on the right hand side I saw Her Blondness, Ann Coulter.  The caption read that she says Trump didn’t go far enough. Well you know I just had to click on that video and listen to what she has to say. 
Surprise as I had not expected it, was Piers Morgan interviewing her on a morning show he is on here.  The usual Morgan, asking a question and barely allowing a full answer before interrupting.  Or repeating what the other person said , except he totally changes not just the meaning but the actual words you heard them speak.  Coulter is one sharp lady and by gosh she is quick, and more than a match for that puffed up buffoon, Piers Morgan. 

Donald Trump is wrong, well-integrated Muslims vindicate the idea of a melting pot

US Muslims are as well, if not better, integrated into society than other immigrant groups

Rupert Cornwell Washington

Conservative and liberal commentators alike were warning of a widening gulf between America’s non-Muslim and Muslim communities and of a surge in Islamophobia, even before the San Bernardino shooting rampage.

There is a little truth in the assertion. All too easily however, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy, founded on misconception. In fact, Muslims constitute a tiny portion of the US population – less than 1 per cent, a quarter of whom are not immigrants but African-Americans who converted to Islam. They are as well, if not better, integrated into society than other immigrant groups, certainly much more successfully than the much larger Muslim populations in Britain, France and Belgium.

Far from living in impoverished ghettos in big cities they are spread all over the country. On average, Muslim-Americans are better educated than white Americans, and are slightly more prosperous. Their experience has been a vindication of America as melting pot, in a way “Old Europe”, entrenched in its ways, could never be.

As for charges that Islamic communities are breeding grounds of terrorism, a 2013 study by Duke University in North Carolina showed that more terrorist suspects have been identified by tips from within a Muslim community than by FBI investigations. Even so, according to another survey, half of US Muslims believe their leaders aren’t speaking forcefully enough against extremism.

So much for the deliberate fomenting of terrorism. And no wonder requests from US officials – including Jeh Johnson, the Director of Homeland Security – that Muslims step up their role as informants against potential terrorists have drawn resentment.

The truth is that since 9/11, despite the 2003 invasion of Iraq, despite the disgraceful images from Abu Ghraib, and despite the siren calls from Isis, Islamic-American terrorism has paled beside its home-grown, gun-enabled counterpart. Between 2001 and 2014, Islamic-American terrorism killed 50 people. In 2014 alone, 136 people died in mass shootings. Of the 350 mass shootings in the US so far this year, only two were by Muslim-Americans.

Yes, a section of the population succumbs to Donald Trump’s lies and rabble-rousing. And yes, there have been some hate crimes against Muslims, though they hardly rate as an epidemic. Trump and others warn how terrorists can pose as refugees.

In reality, no immigrants are more thoroughly vetted than refugees from the Middle East. A Syrian woman now resident in Baltimore recently told The Washington Post how she and her family underwent five separate interviews, in a process lasting over a year, with every fact about her life from birth cross-checked, before they were allowed in.

US history is littered with examples of how the country can fall prey to fear-mongering against “aliens” – the 19th-century ban on Chinese immigration, the internment of Japanese-Americans in the Second World War, the refusal to take in Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in case they were Communists, and the 1950s “Red Scare”. In this heated pre-election year, an “Islamic scare” would be no surprise at all. Thus do prophecies fulfil themselves.

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