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article image`Islamophobia' makes integration tough for the Europe's 15 million Muslims

By Patrix     Jan 3, 2007 in World
Ganging up on Islam is a sign of the times in Europe. But the clash isn't so much between Christianity and Islam, as between Islam and Europe's dominant faith, secular humanism.
The White House's disastrous Middle East policy, particularly its war on Iraq, provoked Muslim outrage worldwide and boosted support for extremist views. Yet even widespread detentions of Muslims in the U.S. after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks didn't cause a noteworthy spike in homegrown terrorism.
By contrast, bombers have hit London and Madrid, a Dutch filmmaker was butchered in the name of Allah on the streets of Amsterdam, a noticeable flow of European Muslims are taking up jihad in Iraq, and arrests of suspected plotters is practically a monthly event.
But American Muslims also face a disturbing amount of "Islamophobia." But in a country where the dollar bill proclaims trust in God and Bible study groups are held in the White House, the notion religion might be a barrier to integration is inconceivable.
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