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Old 11-19-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Im not muslim, nor will i say if im specifically pro or anti-islam...i am just wondering out of sheer curiousity, what is the place in the U.S. where non-islamic people have a positive view of muslims and arab culture. I am just mostly curious to see if that place is also among the most liberal places in America.

I have a feeling i might be suprised, because liberal cities elsewhere in the world, like Amsterdamn and Paris have a sizable dose of anti-islamic sentiment, since mainstream islam often has differant views on such liberal causes as gay rights, marijuana legalization and abortion.

Is there any anti-islamic sentiment amongst San Francisco's gay, granola crunching, pothead types? Would muslims be more accepted in areas of the U.S. where most of the non muslims see eye to eye with muslims on social issues?
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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The Bay Area is not like Paris and Amsterdam as the sort of racial tension that involves Arabs really does not exist. In fact, It seems to me that plenty of non-arab people in SF are quite Pro-Palestine. Not necessarily Pro-Islam, but interesting the sort of support Palestine has in the Bay Area by people who are ethnically and racially not related to that area of the world at all.
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Paterson
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Detroit.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I think in the US liberals actually do tend to be more pro-Muslim than conservatives, not that that's universally true.

Indianapolis and Minneapolis are the two cities represented by Muslims in the US Congress. Indianapolis is moderate rather than liberal and has a Republican mayor.

Another possibility is the little town of Kountze, Texas. Why Kountze, Texas? Because in 1991 they elected Charles Bilal, a Muslim, to be mayor. He was the first Muslim mayor in the US.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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^That's odd, I didn't know that.

The thing about Muslims is that, whether liberal, conservative, independent, or anything else, the non-Muslims in this country have always had some sort of problem with Muslims. It's really hard to tell what would be the most accepting place to them.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Im not muslim, nor will i say if im specifically pro or anti-islam...i am just wondering out of sheer curiousity, what is the place in the U.S. where non-islamic people have a positive view of muslims and arab culture. I am just mostly curious to see if that place is also among the most liberal places in America.

I have a feeling i might be suprised, because liberal cities elsewhere in the world, like Amsterdamn and Paris have a sizable dose of anti-islamic sentiment, since mainstream islam often has differant views on such liberal causes as gay rights, marijuana legalization and abortion.

Is there any anti-islamic sentiment amongst San Francisco's gay, granola crunching, pothead types? Would muslims be more accepted in areas of the U.S. where most of the non muslims see eye to eye with muslims on social issues?
I'd say New York City, but simply because there are a lot of Muslims here and they work with and live amongst non-muslims. When you get to know people on a daily basis, it's hard to hate them.

But the same would go in NYC for most ethnic/religious groups as well.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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That's a good answer, too. Although Paterson has some strong anti-American sentiment amongst their Palestinain community, other Muslim groups in the city have been very proactive about reaching out to the larger community and forming interreligious groups to deal with social issues.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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That's a good answer, too. Although Paterson has some strong anti-American sentiment amongst their Palestinain community, other Muslim groups in the city have been very proactive about reaching out to the larger community and forming interreligious groups to deal with social issues.
I'm glad someone noticed

Paterson isn't too much of an acknowledged city. But they have very strong Muslim communities that are very harmonious among each other.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Paterson, NJ
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