Excerpetd from this BBC news item: Everyone fears terrorism on some level. Islamic terrorist groups are currently the highest profile and perhaps the most feared in the western public consiousness. But does that make it OK to treat all Muslims as guilty until proven innocent, or second-class citizens? Has it truly become socially acceptable to indulge in bigoted views of Islamic people? Is it incumbent on all Muslims to constantly prove they are not terrorists, or do we have a responsiblity to treat them with the same respect as everyone else? In the US, we have a bloody history of struggles with racism. "I know he's a [ethnic slur of your choice], but he's really OK." Or "Some of my best friends are [race/creed/sexual orientation]".