It’s tough to be a Muslim in America these days. Witness what happened to four Islamic scholars who were sent back to Egypt last week after being detained for 24 hours at Miami International Airport.
They were in South Florida to lead prayers at mosques and to preach against Islamic extremism, as they have in past years during Ramadan, supporters say. It’s just the sort of preaching all Americans need to hear. Yet, according to Muslim organizations, the scholars were treated shabbily and sent home without explanation.
Of course, Muslims must understand that it is the violence practiced by many of their coreligionists that leads to incidents such as this. Still, U.S. officials must be careful not to lump all Muslims together. The law-abiding ones, which make up the vast, vast majority, can greatly assist the war on terror.