Are Americans becoming—as Time magazine (August 30)
suggests—Islamophobic? According to one recent poll, 46 percent of us
believe that Islam is more likely than other faiths to inspire violence
against nonbelievers, and 34 percent of us don't want a mosque in our
neighborhood. According to an August 19 Washington Post poll, 30 percent of conservative Republicans who dislike Obama claim that he is a Muslim. (A Time poll put it at 46 percent.) Is "Muslim" the new political slur?
travel to the Middle East at least once each year, often visiting
multiple countries. I belong to an evangelical-Muslim discussion group
which meets annually, and the participants include pious, brilliant,
generous Muslim scholars whom I count as my friends. When a topic like
"Islamophobic America" comes up, I share intense personal e-mails with
But I came away from my trip to the Middle East this past summer with some new concerns.