Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
That's where the U.S. Muslim community feels itself mired in this year's election. Matthai Kuruvila in the San Francisco Chronicle reports similar understandings of their position from Republican and Democratic Muslims.
As another community leader told Kuruvila, the U.S. Muslim community is treated as "radioactive" these days.
Like other younger voters, young Muslims tend to be excited by Barack Obama's candidacy. But they also get their feelings hurt as post-9/11 bigotry gets played out in the campaign according to an Associated Press story carried by the Chicago Tribune.
Like other outsider communities seeking to get into the political arena, -- urban gay communities come to mind in the intensity of the bigotry and repulsion they faced -- Muslims are doggedly registering and aiming to increase turnout so the politicians have to take notice.
The only Californian Muslim office holder, Omar Ahmad, a San Carlos City council member made a smart suggestion to Muslim communities that want in, as reported in the Chronicle article: