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Slurs against Muslims harm American values
by David Whiting
It is time to listen to some quiet voices of reason in the arguments over people of Muslim faith.
From Ground Zero to Yorba Linda, from Gainesville, Fla. to UCI, from Elk Grove to Disneyland, we sway one way or the other while whoever shouts the loudest leads the debates.
Should Disney cast members be allowed to wear the hijab scarf? Is Orange County's District Attorney discriminating against students by charging them for interrupting the Israeli ambassador? As a councilwoman suggested, should Muslims be dispatched to heaven?
To shed light on these thorny post-9/11 issues, I asked two media-shy Muslim women to talk publicly about their experience. I believe it's important to hear from women since they are the supposed underdogs of the Islamic faith. I also thought we need to hear from the silent majority, not those armed with attorneys and megaphones
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