By Stephen Prothero
Promotional info/Publisher's precis - "The usa has lengthy been defined as a country of immigrants, however it is additionally a state of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists reside and paintings aspect by means of facet. This ebook explores that country of religions, targeting how 4 lately arrived spiritual communities--Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs--are shaping and, in flip, formed by means of American values.
For a iteration, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the advance of the U.S. as "a kingdom of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians," as very best courtroom Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The participants to this quantity take U.S. spiritual range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has turn into. Essays tackle no longer even if the us is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it truly is both--but how non secular range is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the kingdom and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries previous but rather new in the USA. This dialog makes a tremendous contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the applicable function of faith in American politics and society.
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Such thinking, similar to that of fundamentalist Christians who claim ancestors among the nation’s founders while decrying today’s politics and culture, would make the Islamic and American identities inseparable. Many Muslim leaders also argue that Islam is compatible with the civic ideal of pluralism. ’’≤∞ In other words, pluralism demands mutual tolerance and respect. Muzammil Siddiqi states that pluralism is manifest when four principles are recognized: ‘‘The dignity of all human beings.
President so immediately and urgently pleaded with all Americans and all Muslims to realize that the "face of terrorism is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace, they represent evil and war. When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world," 1 Whatever many Muslims, including this author, may think of the actions that the Bush administration has taken in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has to be acknowledged that the president's remarks in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 were historic and probably helped stem the tide of violence against Muslims in America.
Muslim community is changing, however, and 9/11 has propelled it toward a greater commitment to involvement and accommodation. Since 9/11, the pull of those two forces has become overpowering. This position of Muslim leaders—committed to but uneasy about involvement and accommodation—is captured by an African American Muslim in Indianapolis who remarks that the Muslim has three choices in facing America: isolate, insulate, or assimilate. The best choice, he believes, is to insulate —retain Islamic values and practices as protection against the immorality of America and anti-Islamic sentiments while remaining active in society.