It doesn’t matter where we come from or where we are going, we are here now. More importantly we are here together. We are all Muslim in the same sense we are all Christian, Jew, Hindu etc. But it is not something that comes naturally.
Tolerance and understanding have never been a big part of our American life. There have always been groups for ‘real’ Americans to disparage. African Americans were once considered less than human, Irish and Eastern European immigrants were called drunks and thieves while Catholics considered a threat to democracy. John F. Kennedy’s election was especially controversial. I remember hearing, “I’m not going to kiss the Popes ring” (although sometimes the object not being kissed was a portion of his Holiness’s anatomy).
The internment of over 110000 Japanese Americans during World War II was a low point in our history. Franklin D. Roosevelt who ordered the incarceration is considered one of the top five U.S. Presidents. How could he order something diametrically opposed to the constitution?
Fear, racism and a lack of empathy.