[A]s we’re about to see in Professor Ahmed’s documentary, where there is greater understanding there is not only tolerance but – even more important – there is hope.
What also comes through, from the voices of many of the Muslims he meets during his road trip, is a tangible sense that they belong to America.
Which, for me, is the essential discovery: that you can be an American and a Muslim and it diminishes neither your national nor your religious identity.
I know that this notion is at the heart of the debate taking place at the moment about multiculturalism, diversity and extremism.
To my mind, it is a possible and realistic vision.
And finding a way to strengthen the hand of those moderates who are not only comfortable, but also entirely positive, about being fully devoted to your country and your religion is the key to progress.
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