In recognition of the International Day of Tolerance, The People Speak (TPS) hosted an online discussion Thursday, November 16 with students from all over the United States about U.S.-Muslim world relations.
Muslim American college students from the Americans for Informed Democracy “Hope not Hate” program answered questions and discussed their perspectives on topics including:
Do American Muslims feel torn between supporting their country and practicing their religion?
What are the levels of tolerance and understanding between Muslims and Americans?
Do Muslim students feel comfortable on U.S. campuses?
What would it take to improve relations both in the U.S. and around the world?
When asked about balancing life as a first generation Jordanian-American, Toka Nusairat, a recent graduate of George Mason University, writes, “It is hard for some people to understand that I feel like I can practice my religion more freely in the U.S. than in Jordan, and express myself better here. When I am in Jordan, I am of course subject to discussions related to America and find myself defending the U.S. a lot despite the fact that I might be criticizing US policies when I’m living here.”
“The goal of the TPS online discussion was to provide an opportunity for dialogue on the state of relations between the Western and Islamic worlds. We are proud to provide a venue which allows individuals from all over the globe to interact with each other,” states Victoria Baxter, Director of The People Speak.