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How the Media Marginalizes Muslims

Anisa Mehdi
Board of Contributors
Feb 13, 2016 | 14:15 GMT
An Indian Muslim devotee offers prayers during Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on October 6, 2014. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

An Indian Muslim devotee offers prayers during Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on October 6, 2014. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

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It may be risky and it will certainly take conscious effort, but interrupting the empathy-free zone around reporting on Islam and Muslims is essential to maintaining American civilization -- just as having compassion toward Irish, Jews, Asians and black Americans was and continues to be. ...

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