MPAC Unites Patriotism with Being Muslim

October 2, 2002

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

In a press released dated October 2, 2002 the The Muslim Public Affairs Council stated that "(MPAC) has prepared a position paper to examine the relationship between the fact that we are Muslims and we are patriotic Americans. This means that we are patriotic Americans in spite of being Muslims. This notion, that Islam is actually incompatible with Americanism, or patriotism, seems to be the preponderant notion among most Americans, especially in the era post September 11, 2001. However, the tragic events of September 11th did not give birth to this idea, but rather more firmly embedded it in the minds and hearts of many of our fellow citizens. The most famous (and to Muslim Americans, notorious) expression of this idea is in a well-known article by Harvard professor Samuel Huntington, titled The Clash of Civilizations."