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America and Islam - Fear Over Knowledge
Aired September 08, 2011
Is this America? Is this the country that in 1991 my parents brought me and my brother to? America, a nation whose promise of freedom, acceptance of all peoples, and opportunity for a better life for us all compelled my father to bring us here? Is this the same place where I went to school? Are these the same streets I rode my bike down? The same homes of friends I visited? Is this the same place I went to University in? Though everything around me looks the same, the school is still there, new children riding bikes down the streets, freshman now taking over campus. Yet I feel as if the atmosphere has changed - that a growing dark cloud is casting a dangerous shadow over everything that I knew.

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Faizan Syed

Faizan Syed

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Faizan Syed is the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) - St. Louis

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