Some months ago I attended a meeting of an auxiliary of a political party in Eureka. A speaker spoke about how Muslims are trying to take over the Christian west and impose Islamic Sharia. He warned the audience that, pretty soon, Muslims would have a mosque in Eureka and the community should guard against it. The current controversy about the construction of a mosque in New York a few blocks from the Twin Towers has brought to the forefront similar feelings from various individuals from across the nation. Arguments given by the opponents, setting aside the constitutional rights of Muslim citizens and the sensitivity of the bereaved families who lost their kith, are based upon a lack of knowledge about Islam.

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