Millions reflect on 9/11. What values spring from its legacy?

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oday is the seventh anniversary of 9/11.
   
We’ve been talking all this week about whether Arab Americans and Muslim
Americans (and Hispanic Americans) can be embraced by other Americans.
Clearly, I think they should be. But my point is that our research data
on American attitudes, as well data from other studies, show that large
numbers of Americans remain sharply suspicious of Arab and Muslim
Americans and consider Islam to be in mortal conflict with mainstream
American culture.
   
On Tuesday, a famous American Muslim leader, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, died
and Muslims everywhere, especially in many American urban areas, are
mourning his passing. There was a story honoring his life over on the
SharingRamadan site
—and one of the comments on that site yesterday
touched on our central theme this week on OurValues.org.

   Faten posted this comment: “As an American born and raised Muslim,
wearing the hijab head cover, working in corporate America, I am proud to
blend into the melting pot of our diverse metropolitan area, and
appreciate all efforts, such as this project, to promote awareness of
cultural and religious differences through education.”

   
Faten is writing about both her pride in America’s melting pot—and
living with her religious and cultural distinctiveness. Faten sees the
melting pot as blending cultures, but still celebrating our individual
faiths and cultures.

Ground_zero_in_new_york_cityOn this anniversary of 9/11, do you see it like Faten?
   
Can the American melting pot be both a closely connected community—and
also allow for, as she exemplifies, a proud Muslim, wearing the hijab,
and working in corporate America?
   
What are your reflections on this seventh anniversary of 9/11?
   
Please, click on the link above to add your Comment today.

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