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Opinion: Defending ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints
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November 29th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Opinion: Defending ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints

Editor's Note: Khurram Dara is the author of "The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America," coming this winter (Tensile). He tweets @KhurramDara.

By Khurram Dara, Special to CNN

For the last decade, Islam has been under a lot of scrutiny, and understandably so. When you’ve got terrorists all over the world declaring war on America and the West in the name of Islam, it’s only natural that people will have questions.

But this reasonable concern has rapidly turned into irrational suspicion, with anti-Muslim groups seizing on the opportunity to paint all Muslims in America as radical-loving, violence-approving foreigners.

The problem is that the response from American Muslims has been about as effective as Herman Cain’s PR strategy in the face of sexual harassment allegations. Instead of pooling our resources to combat radicalism, or taking a more active role in our communities so that other Americans better understand us, we’ve resorted to defense tactics.

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  1. ted409

    i watched all american muslim when it come on and it was pretty good. i was shocked that this guy converted to islam the day before he got married. his mom wasnt happy. its not something id ever do not because of my mom but of the way i beleive.
    whats gonna happen when all the radical muslims,illegal mexicans, in california mexicans move in and start killing anyone that is not of their racek,latley ive read theyve been killing alot of black people, then you got the one that teach a 12 or 14 year old to behead someone. then theres the sharia(sp) that some people say is taking hold all here in america
    sounds like a violent scenario to me . seems to me not many in wash dc care. if they do they seem to keep it to themselves.
    or fearless leader ties the hands of law enforcement and lets all this take hold his communist buddy van jones is now the leader of occupy. ive read that occupy is being funded by george soros so what to they want to have here mulitple fronts of modern day hitlers running around america :: i guess theyre fighting the drug war by taking away real americans jobs so theres no money to on anything much less drugs

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