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Daniel Tutt: Islam in America: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know – But Were Afraid to Ask

By Daniel Tutt Bio

One of the more unfortunate outcomes of the anti-mosque protests, anti-Sharia legislation and the impact of the Islamophobia network is that they have left many Americans confused about the truth of Islam and Muslims in America. According to the Public Religion Research Institute’s recent findings, few Americans report having much knowledge about who Muslims are and what Islam is all about. Only fourteen percent of Americans say they know a lot about the religious beliefs and practices of Muslims, and 57 percent say they know only a little.

At the same time, a majority of Americans think that American Muslims are an important part of the religious experience in America, even though a majority do not know a Muslim personally.

Everyday Americans are hungry for credible information about Islam and Muslims in America. Do Muslims want to impose Sharia law? How many American Muslims support terrorism, and what are they doing to stop it? Rarely, if ever, do Americans get an opportunity to hear from Muslims or credentialed experts to get these questions answered.

In an effort to shed some light and promote facts, not fear, a coalition of organizations are hosting a free, open-to-the-public event at the Newseum, What is the truth about Islam in America: Everything you’ve always wanted to know – but were afraid to ask

The event will be streamed on the My Fellow American website, a new social media project designed to share stories via YouTube about American Muslims, and questions can be submitted online.

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Location: Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater

WASHINGTON, DC — The Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, Unity Productions Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary, the Institute for Faith and Politics and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding will host the timely discussion, “What is the Truth About Islam and Muslims in America?: (Everything You Always Wanted to Know — But Were Afraid to Ask).”

Alex Kronemer, executive producer of Unity Productions Foundation, will welcome guests.

Panelists:

Haroon Mogul, Columbia University, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Rabbi Marc Schneier, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Melissa Rogers, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University
Asma Uddin, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, will moderate.

RSVP: Admission is free, but registration is required. To RSVP or for information, please contact Ashlie Hampton at ahampton@freedomforum.org or 202-292-6288.

You can also share this event on Facebook.

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8 Comments »

  1. If only someone could do a live broadcast answering these questions on ESPN. Js they need some schoolin

  2. Good idea but I don’t espn would be the best place I wish somehow the deen show could be placed on a major network that might be a better choice since its to hard for most Americans to go and check out a book or use the internet if they wanted to find out about the religion

  3. saw”American Muslim” never thought of ppl of Islamic faith being just like me sans headscarves and regular lives. thank you.

  4. ….yeah….and I don’t trust those eyetalians, negras, hispanolians, hebrewz and the caanadians who come to floriduh in the winterstime!

  5. Hopefully, some of the discussion will make its way onto YouTube in sites that are instructive in promoting understanding; not destructive in spreading lies and propaganda. This is a good development.

  6. Good. Someone spoke out.

  7. This is the same old argument – my family and friends and everyone I know are wonderful people – ignoring the fact that there are larger forces at work here than personal niceness.

  8. This is nothing more than another attempt to hide the truth about political Islam. Nothing will be said about the barbaric nature of sharia law and the radical groups that push the pro-sharia agenda.

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