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Letting the Tourists Win

 by Steve Thorngate


Tags: Interfaith dialogue, Islam,

Leading an interfaith meeting of teenagers, Dilara Hafiz asked her own son to read aloud a list of others’ first impressions of his faith tradition, Islam:

“Violent, weird clothes, brain-washed,” his voice is subdued as he slowly goes through the impressions. “Tourist?  Hey Mom, look, they think Muslims are tourists—that's pretty neat!” I walk over and read the note for myself—turns out he misread the word “tourist."

Read more at altmuslim.com.