“I think Charleston would be a little more tolerant than other places in the South.

At least I’d like to think so,” said College of Charleston student Austin Lassiter, a religious studies major.

It is the holy city after all, the first city in the colonies to mandate religious freedom. But so much of Islam is foreign to us, so much time spent by Muslims to repair the nightmare PR of 9/11.

“We go to a lot of churches and schools and talk to them about Islam, what real Islam is,” said Mohamed Melhem, Imam at the Central Mosque of Charleston.

“If you don’t believe me, come to our Mosque.”

So we did, as did the mayor and police chief, as did even a young, pale-skinned Caucasian with an ‘Ireland’ t-shirt. It’s an open house attempt to mainstream a mysterious religion.


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