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Ahead of Ramadan, we take the pulse of Muslim-Americans on the Presidential election, refugees and radicalism.
It’s been a rough stretch for American Muslims. September 11th set the table. People tried to get back to normal. Working, living, studying, going for the American dream. But the headwinds in the headlines kept coming. The rise of ISIS cast a shadow. A trickle of radicalization got lots of attention. Then Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslim entry. San Bernardino took its terrible toll. Ramadan starts on Sunday. We want to hear from our fellow citizens. This hour On Point, American Muslims, 2016. — Tom Ashbrook
Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. Former executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Co-author, with John Esposito, of "Who Speaks for Islam?" (@DMogahed)
From Tom’s Reading List
New York Times: Unsettling U.S. Political Climate Galvanizes Muslims to Vote -- "These are unsettling times for many American Muslims. 'People are losing their sleep,' said Naeem Baig, the president of the Islamic Circle of North America. 'The political environment is creating a divide in America” by race, language, gender and religion.'"
Bridge: When Islamophobia Turns Violent -- "Over the course of the election season, numerous candidates have discussed the threat of 'radical Islam,' or 'Islamic terrorism,' or have used other similar verbal constructions to convey a threat that they believe stems from the religion of Islam or from within the Muslim community."
The Daily Beast: For Trump, Muslims Are Terrifying, and Guns Are Great -- "Trump apparently cares less about keeping your family safe from the threat that’s killing over 30 Americans every single day—including today. Rather Trump wants to scare you about Muslims and then save you from this threat. The irony is Trump’s proposed Muslims ban is not the mark of a strong leader, but rather the frightened and irrational response of a very scared man."
This program aired on June 3, 2016.
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