Patt Morrison for August 23, 2010

Islamophobia in America

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A new poll from TIME finds that 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers. More head scratching, the same poll found that 24% of Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, which is actually an increase from his election year 2008. Is Islam a religion of hatred and war, as Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, says, or has a post 9/11 fear of anti-American violence stoked Islamophobia and brought it into the mainstream? We talk with TIME’s Deputy International Editor, Bobbie Ghosh, about the rising fear of Islam in this country.

Guests:

Bobbie Ghosh, Deputy International Editor for TIME; he is their former Baghdad bureau chief

Edina Lekovic, Director of Policy & Programming for the Muslim Public Affairs Council


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