May 28, 2017
Islamic terrorism is undoubtedly a problem, but if you look at the numbers, it kills far fewer Americans than almost anything you can name: cancer, heart disease--even falling out of bed. So why are Americans so obsessed with being killed by Muslims?
In his new book Islamophobia and Racism in America, sociologist Erik Love argues that "fear of Islam" is really nothing more than good, old-fashioned racism against non-Europeans--a problem with roots planted well before the events of 9/11.
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Donald Trump says "Islam hates us."
Donald Trump calls for a total ban on Muslims entering America.
From the 2008 presidential campaign, an elderly woman questioning Senator John McCain conflates "Arab" with "Muslim."
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The show's music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon). If you'll be in St. Louis, Missouri on July 1st, 2017, you have a rare opportunity to hear Body Found performing live at Cicero's.
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