Recently while at a Library in Tennessee I met a women who is a Muslim, with all of the traditional clothing, who homeschools her children, her husband has a job, and they live quite normal lives here on the outside except for their clothing.
America was once a melting pot, but now it is a salad bowl. At once time in America it was illegal, basically, to be anything but a Protestant in many places. Now you can be an atheist, or a Mormon, or nearly anything as long as your understand the American contract.
The American Contract is that you have the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the right to defend those rights, so long as you do not violate those of others. The freedom of speech includes the right to be offended. While we may not like something someone else is doing, they may equally not like what we are doing; power can never be used to remove our own right to be offended.
If someone wishes to be a Muslim, and to celebrate the month of Ramadan, which is going on right now, you have the right to do so. The American Contract protects that right. A religion that encompasses nearly a quarter of the world’s population will be as varied as the many different groups calling themselves Christian. Because one member in one place does something should not be seen as a reflection of the entire group. Sometimes they disagree with each other so much that they come to blows, as in Syria’s current Civil War.
The right to speak your mind bears with it the right to be contradicted.
Andrew C. Abbott