Here's the money quote from Friday's peaceful protest of the Danish cartoons in New York City.
"We were tired of demonization," said Dr. Shaikh Ubaid, a spokesman for the Muslim Leadership Council, which organized the rally. "There is a rise of Islamophobia in Europe. More and more Americans think negatively about Islam."
I wonder why.
On the plus side, there's growing signs that Muslims are assimilating just fine in the U.S.
Magdy Eleish, a 56-year-old Queens resident, said he went to the protest because he "wanted to do something," adding that he hoped that the rally would inspire non-Muslims to read about the prophet. "Our feelings are hurt," he said. "If someone insults your father, don't you hurt?"
What could be more American than claiming a bruised psyche? How about demanding an end to hurtful speech??
"These are the boundaries of Allah. Don't go past them," said Imam Siraj Wahhaj of Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn. Sounds like someone educated in an American university, where the whims of indignant interest groups often supersede free expression.