The Muppets offered us biting social commentary when their show began nearly forty years ago. Now, with their videos, they are showing us an antidote to the xenophobia infecting our political and popular discourses. In their videos, they are offering a hopeful and positive vision of America, which includes all of the people living in it — divorced, gay, Muslim, black, etc. — a message that will hopefully be even more explicit in their show.
Over the last year, Muslim refugees fleeing the brutality of war in Iraq and Syria have sought asylum in a number of Western European countries, including France. But many lifelong French citizens are Muslim—the Muslim nation of Algeria was actually part of France in the 20th century.
Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, explains how the Muslim community is responding to these attacks.
Truman National Security fellow and Hofstra University Department of Religion faculty member Hussein Rashid, PhD, joined Guth to talk about the implications of acts of terror, the rise of Islamophobia, and why it matters if we say ‘ISIS’ versus ‘Da’esh.’