Religious Protection

Ackerman, Spencer
December 2005
New Republic;12/12/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 24, p18
The article offers a look at why Muslims in the United States have not turned to terrorism. The significance of the 2005 London bombings is impossible to overstate. The broader jihadist movement was able to draw upon radicalized Muslim citizens of a Western country. By contrast, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks required the insertion into the U.S. of foreign terrorists. It is true that extremist messages exist in American Muslim communities. Those cases are better explained by individual pathology than by rising Islamic militancy. The U.S. offers better social and economic opportunities to its Muslim citizens. American Muslims show indications of upward social mobility. In the book "What's Right With Islam," Abdul Rauf contends that space for religiosity is essentially inseparable from American liberalism.


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