The American Muslim community feels conflicted about its relationship with America.
On one hand, America has given us religious freedom, political freedom, and economic opportunity. America has also helped free Muslims in places like Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosova. (Some would say that America also helped free Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.)
On the other hand, America (a secular, non-Muslim state) has invaded various Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) resulting in instability and the deaths of thousands of Muslim civilians; supported dictatorships in various Muslim countries; and supported people of other faiths over Muslims in various conflicts around the world. In addition, America has also cracked down on various American Muslim organizations and individuals since 9/11.
In light of all this, what sort of relationship should American Muslims have with America? Should American Muslims care about America, and be committed to the security and prosperity of America? Read the rest of this entry »