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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Islamophobia Alive and Well in the U.S.

In an Apr. 6 address to the Turkish Parliament on the final day of his European trip, President Barack Obama praised Muslim Americans for "enriching the United States".

However, according to Dr. Munir Jiwa, director of the Centre for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union of the University of California, Berkeley, "virulent Islamophobia" persists across the country.

Jiwa, who is also a professor of Islamic Studies, told IPS that among those who did not vote for Obama last November, there are even more anti-Muslims. "They think we have voted in someone who is, as they say, a ‘closet Muslim’, and they think that sometime, he will come out of the closet," he said.

The latest survey by the Pew Research Centre for the People and the Press found that 12 percent of the U.S. public believes Obama is a Muslim, virtually unchanged from 10 percent in March. This misconception – he attends a Christian church - is shared equally by Republican and Democratic respondents.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

These same idiots believe that a Federal Judge nominee is also a "secret" Muslim.

April 26, 2009 9:15 AM  

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