The questions that drew the most attention, however, were asked by Mariam Moustafa, a third-year international studies student and member of the MSU who chose to remain in the audience throughout the talk.

Not speaking on behalf of MSU, Moustafa argued with Pipes’ belief that she, a law-abiding Muslim citizen who was born and raised in the United States, was to be as mistrusted as radicals overseas.

Pipes, in turn, asked, “What is the bigger problem, being afraid of terrorism or being perceived as a potential terrorist?” Moustafa countered with another question, “So basically, as long as there is terrorism in the world, people should be afraid of me because I’m Muslim?”

“I’m afraid so,” replied Pipes, followed by applause from the crowd. (MORE)


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