I asked if it is a lonely thing, to be Muslim here and now. Samira said, “Not lonesome, but worrisome. The extent of Islamophobia, the negative stereotyping, it’s sometimes evocative of anti-Semitism.”
And then she pushed that point home. “It’s at the level of the state — for example, the Prime Minister’s dogged insistence that it’s only Muslims who are terrorists.”
She’s right about that.
So, what about the opposition to sex education? Is it primarily a Muslim thing? Samira said, without hesitation, “I think the charge is being led by conservative Christian groups. For Muslims who join with them I say, be wary — you can’t have common ground with people who otherwise hate you.”