Islamophobia Back With a Vengeance, Nine Years Later

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It’s the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon this weekend, and while one war has ostensibly been wound up, another still rages—and inside the U.S., the culture wars have reached a fever pitch, with Islamophobic ugliness centering on the anniversary seemingly everywhere. From a pastor in Florida threatening to burn Qurans on Saturday (and terror alerts being issued because of his actions) to the ongoing media arguments over the Cordoba House community center, American Muslims feel threatened, and the outreach to the larger Islamic world is threatened.

To discuss the anniversary, we’re joined by Fekkak Mamdouh, who was headwaiter and union leader at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center, and Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister of the Middle Collegiate Church. They talk about interfaith outreach, the hard work that has been done to create understanding since the attacks, and what we can still be hopeful about.