Muslims Liken Current Plight to "The Crucible"

October 9, 2003

Source: Inter Press Service

On October 9, 2003 Inter Press Service reported that "Muslims in the United States say that the way they are now being treated here qualifies them to be characters in Arthur Miller's famous novel, The Crucible, a classic story of innocent villagers accused of crimes and sins they did not commit... 'This novel represents deeply and honestly the plight of Muslim and Arab rights and liberties in the United States at present,' said a press release from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday. Muslims have been subjected to forms of scrutiny and discrimination since the Sep. 11 attacks on U.S. landmarks, attributed to Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda group." Complaints include an increase in Anti-Muslim violence, the recent arrests of prominent Arab-American leaders, and the raiding of private homes.