By Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress
Although Ahmed no doubt felt alone at the hostile Heritage panel, she is but one of millions of Muslims who stand up for peace on a daily basis. In the United States, Muslims are actually disproportionately peace-loving when compared to the rest of the country: a 2011 Gallup survey found that American Muslims are significantly more likely than American Christians, Jews, Mormons, or Atheists to oppose attacks on civilians, regardless of whether they are enacted by military force or by a small group.
The Rev. Christopher Ney, Daily News of Newburyport
Dr. Gilkes suggests that there may have been a blending of traditions as enslaved Africans were introduced to Christianity. She points to the spiritual, "Let Us Break Bread Together," as evidence, particularly its refrain, "When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me."