On Monday Maggie and I saw Allah Made Me Funny, a documentary about Muslim American comedians. Brian was kind enough to post my short review on his blog, Pilgrim Without a Shrine. Oh, and to Brian’s claim that I’m responsible for his blogging… happily guilty as charged.
To be Muslim in America today must be a complicated thing. How does a person retain an Islamic identity while distinguishing him or herself from the cultural caricatures so prevalent in popular culture? American Muslims must tire from constantly explaining the differences between religious belief and ethnic identities or the significant differences between the Islamic sects. I wonder just how patriotic an American Muslim would have to be in order to be accepted as a full-fledged member of the United States. Case in point: this year’s election has shown that it’s not enough for Barak Obama to show that he’s not a terrorist, he also must prove repeatedly that he’s not a Muslim. In today’s American it seems the two are synonymous.
What is an American Muslim to do?