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The Land of the Free
Perhaps the most basic measure of a country's character is whether people, when given the chance, flood into the country or risk life and limb to escape from it. By this measure, Muslims are flourishing in America. Meanwhile, though Christianity predates Islam by centuries in the Middle East, intensifying persecution has prompted a mass Christian exodus from that region.
The New York Times recently published a piece with the headline, "American Muslims ask, 'Will we ever belong?'" And Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Ground Zero mosque's would-be imam, defended the mosque on ABC's "This Week," saying, "My major concern with moving it is that the headline in the Muslim world will be, 'Islam is under attack in America.'"
If America were such an unwelcoming country for Muslims, it stands to reason that the number of American Muslims would be decreasing, not increasing. But the opposite is true. Although the U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on religion, both the Census and the Department of Homeland Security estimate that tens of thousands of immigrants from Muslim countries pour into the United States every year.
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