“Boston Bombing Muslim”

I’m teaching a class this semester that covers various religious minorities in the United States. We just recently finished a unit on American Muslims. This morning, as I was waiting for class to start, I went to the classroom computer, brought up the Internet on the projector, and Googled “Boston bombing Muslim” to see what would come up.

We then briefly discussed the following news stories. Well, more precisely, I did a little extemporaneous summary and analysis of what we were seeing. When I invited student comment, no one took up the invite. I guess I felt more of a compulsive need to talk about this than they did.

“Please don’t be Muslims” had been my exact response as well when I heard about the bombings.

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