Molly Norris, who drew the cartoon “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” took a look at Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam and wrote a review for City Arts Magazine in Seattle. Read the excellent review below.
The chasm between Muslims and non-Muslims in America has become glaring. I should know, since creating a cartoon about censorship entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” I have been experiencing the conflict first-hand.
Practically every day now, I hear about people picketing mosques and of Muslims feeling persecuted. Just in time, Akbar Ahmed’s Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam has arrived.
Mr. Ahmed’s premise is that America must build a new identity. By glossing over our history of slavery or by perhaps clinging to myths about the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock, many Americans have held to an identity that is way past its pull date.
This, Ahmed suggests, contributes to our country’s descent into a financial, moral and intellectual morass while we blindly chant “We’re number one!”
According to Mr. Ahmed, America’s return to glory depends directly on whether our Muslim and non-Muslim communities can get along. Read the entire review here.