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By Stephen Prothero

The USA has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it is additionally a kingdom of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists reside and paintings aspect via aspect. This ebook explores that country of religions, concentrating on how 4 non secular communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed via American values.

For a new release, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the advance of the us as ''a country of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as perfect courtroom Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The participants to this quantity take U.S. spiritual range now not as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has develop into. Essays deal with no longer even if the U.S. is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it really is both—but how non secular range is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the kingdom and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries outdated but rather new in the US. This dialog makes a massive contribution to the intensifying public debate concerning the applicable position of faith in American politics and society.

Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, college of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia collage Stephen Dawson, wooded area, Virginia David Franz, college of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose country college James Davison Hunter, collage of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse collage Gurinder Singh Mann, college of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, college of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston college Omid Safi, Colgate college Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia collage R. Stephen Warner, college of Illinois at Chicago Duncan Ryžken Williams, collage of California, Berkeley

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Moreover, if they isolate themselves, they will merely succeed in creating their own ghetto. They cannot ignore the problems around them, hoping to remain immune to them. ’’∏ Almost three out of four (72 percent) of all mosque leaders ‘‘strongly agree’’ that Muslims should participate in politics. Their comments echo the arguments given earlier. One African American leader o√ers an argument based on civic responsibility: ‘‘We’re citizens. ’’ A few leaders reason that if they have to pay taxes, they should have some say about how the taxes are used.

The Salafi and Tahriri groups object to political involvement on the theory that the American system is a kafir system. Political participation in the system, therefore, is tantamount to supporting it, and God forbids the support of kufr (disbelief ) and zulm (oppression). A flyer entitled ‘‘Register to Vote . . ’’ distributed by Hizb al-Tahrir, states, Whether it is in the Muslim World or the West, the systems implemented upon the people now are Kufr systems based in beliefs other that Islam. A.

One leader comments, ‘‘I don’t think they are hostile to Islam. ’’ Unlike the immorality issue, this question elicits few di√erences among ethnic groups: African American and immigrant mosque leaders have virtually the same responses. The only significant di√erences occur among the hsaam leaders, 30 percent of whom ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is hostile, compared to only 8 percent for asm mosques and 14 percent for immigrant mosques. One hsaam leader remarks, ‘‘Those people know Islam—better than most of us.

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