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An ambitious scientific study conducted in Germany shows how discrimination can work on a spectrum. It also shows how anti-Muslim bigotry is affected by how much the target appears to have assimilated into mainstream society.

"It's a common argument, mainly by parties on the right, that immigrants are resistant to integrating," Nicholas Sambanis, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, told the Los Angeles Times.

"They justify conflict and negative attitudes toward immigration and arguments to reduce immigration by referencing these fears that immigrants don't want to integrate," he continued.

To see whether an immigrants perceived adaptation of cultural norms affects the level of discrimination they face, Sambanis and two of his partners conducted a social experiment in 29 train stations that involved over 7,000 bystanders who unwillingly became test subjects.
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Seattle Government Comes Up With Novel Plan to Help Young Muslims Buy Homes

One of America’s most expensive cities seeks to give housing to some of the people who need it the most.

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Buying a home isn’t easy. Let’s be clear: for the majority of Americans, buying a home is completely and totally awful (and in New York, hilariously out-of-reach). But Seattle is especially concerned with helping the city’s low-and-moderate income Muslim residents purchase homes, some of whom rely on Sharia law and are unable to apply for conventional loans. So Seattle mayor Ed Murray decided to take action and come up with a smart new coalition, designed to give housing access to some of the city’s most underserved residents.

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Muslim Communities Reach Across Religious Lines to Help Rebuild Burned Churches

Thousands of dollars have been raised by a coalition of American Muslim groups to help black Christians rebuild what they’ve lost.

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In the past ten days, and in the wake of Charleston, eight black churches across America have burned. While one has been ruled as an accident, three are believed to be arson, and the others have remained under investigation. It’s a terrifying threat for many members of the black community, which is why a coalition of American Muslim groups recently launched a powerful crowdfunding campaign to help rebuild the churches. Over $53,000 have been raised in just a little under a week.

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“Wait, I’m Not #Charlie. I’m #Ahmed.”

A brilliant hashtag emerges in the aftermath of the Charlie Hedbo massacre.

In the wake of every crime perpetrated in the name of Islam, nothing is more predictable than the responses on my social network feeds. On Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, my Muslim family and friends waste no time in posting their denunciations, condolences, and explanations of every terrorist attack—and each one of them gets qualified with the phrase, “As a Muslim...” As news of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris spread, revealing that the gunmen were not only Muslim, but inspired by political agendas cloaked in the language of Islam, the cycle and spectacle of Muslim response was set in motion. A Twitter search for the phrase “As a Muslim...” yielded thousands of real-time results, all of them related to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.

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The New Red Scare: Why Muslims Aren't Republicans Anymore

The vast majority of Muslims used to be Republicans, with only a thin sliver voting for Democrats. Since 9/11, those numbers have flipped.


Since 9/11, fear of Muslims infiltrating our sacred American democracy has become the new Red Scare, and it continues to taint the 2012 election season. The latest comment comes from a frequent offender Newt Gingrich: Earlier this week, he said the widespread misconception that Barack Obama is a Muslim "should bother the president." He defended those who incorrectly believe Obama is Muslim: "It’s not because they’re stupid," he said. "It’s because they watch the kind of things I just described to you. When you have every bishop in the Catholic Church say this administration’s at war with their religion, you don’t think that has an impact?"

But in Republicans' efforts to appeal to older, white, conservative voters, they're alienating another voting bloc. Frontline recently compiled a range of statistics about American Muslims, and found that an overwhelming 78 percent of them voted Republican in the 2000 presidential election, with only a thin sliver voting Democratic. Since 9/11, those numbers have flipped: The percentage of American Muslims who “lean toward the GOP” is just 11 percent.

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Spring Is Packed with Sacred Holidays: Here's What They Teach Us

Many sacred holidays from several traditions converge within the same few weeks of the year. What can we learn from each?

I’m often amazed by the convergence of so many important, sacred holidays within the same few weeks of the year. If a being from a different planet came to earth this week and got a bird’s eye view, I wonder what lessons they would take away from this coming together on the calendar? I doubt they’d take sides—as in “this tradition good, that one is bunk!” All of them ask people to change their routine in honor of something bigger. Here are some lessons they might take away:

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