On Being an American Muslim

September 10, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 10, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an editorial which stated, "American Muslims pledge religious allegiance to Islam and national allegiance to America. We are contributing members of this society and, thus, are entitled to every inalienable right and freedom that all Americans cherish. Like all Americans, we have the freedom to speak our minds, the right to be tried by a jury of our peers, the entitlement to practice our religion freely and the privilege to dissent against the government when we deem necessary. For millions of us, this country is the only home we have ever known. Like all Americans, we grumble whenever there is a new tax hike. We worry about leaky faucets, mortgage payments and exorbitant college tuitions. Muslims are your doctors, accountants, engineers, teachers, store owners and activists."