What else can besieged American Muslims do?

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Donald Trump: Bar all Muslims from entering the U.S.

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Haroon Moghul: Besieged American Muslims hoped for Obama speech to denounce anti-Muslim bigotry, outline how to defeat terror

He defended U.S. Muslims, challenged them to root extremism, giving them agency in their own narrative. He was weaker on foiling ISIS

Editor’s Note: Haroon Moghul is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is an author, essayist and public speaker. Follow him @hsmoghul. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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American Muslims had the same questions as most Americans, ahead of President Obama’s Sunday night speech to the nation about terror. What tone would he take? What new policies would he lay out? Would he take a position on gun control?

But we had even more specific concerns, too.

Haroon Moghul
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Haroon Moghul

Why? I cannot remember American Muslims feeling so anxious, unsettled, or scared for their future. Like many, I hoped President Obama would take a clear stand against anti-Muslim bigotry. More importantly, though, I expected an outline of how America might defeat the terrorist movement that has declared war on so much of the world.

You see, for Muslims, this year has been a painful one. Today, for example, Donald Trump called for all Muslims to be blocked from entering the United States.

The truth about Muslims in America

In April, a former candidate for U.S. Congress from Tennessee, Robert Doggart, was arrested for plotting to attack a Muslim community with guns, bombs, even a machete. In August, Ku Klux Klan member Glendon Crawford was arrested for plotting to build and use a weapon of mass destruction against Muslim targets. And politicians’ rhetoric has all but declared open season on American Muslims.