Fanning the Flames of Islamophobia

This column was the featured commentary on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality website on August 20, 2007.

On Friday, I walked without fear into a potential den of scheming terrorists. To me it looked like the local halal butcher shop, but according to the New York City police department, halal butcher shops—together with bookstores, hookah bars and places where taxi drivers gather—are likely places to find young, Muslim men who are en route from being urban-hip, booze swilling, tail-chasing, fully integrated Western homeboys, to being Osama wannabes marching t

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