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M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, has advice for other Muslim groups weary of their religion being linked to terrorism, or vexed by “the Islamophobic tea party” or public fears of the proposed ground zero mosque in New York City.

“The only way to eliminate the linkage of Islam and 9/11 is for Muslims to fight the battle within the House of Islam and eliminate the ideology of political Islam,” Mr. Jasser says.

“Instead of throwing slanderous insults at a growing national movement of millions of tea partiers and acting like an Islamist political party by imploring ‘the Democrats’ to buy into Muslim victimology, we need to take non-partisan anti-Islamist responsibility for reforming our faith and protecting American Muslims from the slippery slope of Islamist radicalization,” he adds.


- 62 percent of Americans favor tax holidays for back-to-school shopping.

- 60 percent say they would be more likely to buy during the tax-free period.

- 51 percent of parents with school-age children anticipate spending more on school supplies this year.

- 45 percent oppose the idea of mandatory school uniforms to keep down costs.

- 40 percent approve of the idea.

- 40 percent say their state briefly suspends sales tax to encourage school shopping.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults conducted Aug. 2-3.

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