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Let them make lentil soup: Charities prefer that people send money rather than goods, because the money can go toward things most needed, whereas goods need to be sorted and shipped—often long distances. However, American Muslims are reluctant to write checks toward relief efforts in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries out of fear that their names will end up in a government terrorist watch. “If you send lentils,” says Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “at least no one can accuse you of supporting terrorism.” The Arab American Institute has petitioned the U.S. government to publish a list of legitimate charities, but an official says that the government won’t do that lest it appear to play favorites. Besides, it can never guarantee that a charity will remain clean (Washington Post, August 9).


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