HACKENSACK, N.J. — As Americans celebrate their open society, Lodi, N.J., resident Zehra Toor is doing so with an iPhone video message as one of the nation’s 2.6 million Muslims: We’re proud of our American freedoms, too.
“It is amazing the free speech that you have here. If there is a problem, you can send a letter to the mayor or the governor — even the president,” said the 27-year-old tax analyst, who was born in Jordan. “You don’t have to fear that you will be put on some list, or thrown in jail.”
Toor is one of many Muslims around the U.S. making home videos this Independence Day weekend, telling personal stories about what makes them proud to be American. My Faith My Voice, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, created the July 4th campaign to show the patriotic side of the Muslim community, which has been — and has felt itself — under renewed post-9/11 scrutiny because of events during the past year. (More)