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2.15.02
Society and Community:
Voices: God or Country?
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NOW went to Fort Worth, Texas, to talk to Americans about their personal identities and loyalties. Worshipers outside the Bethesda Christian Church were asked the following questions:

  • Do you consider yourself a Christian first or an American first?

  • In the wake of September 11, if someone said they were a Muslim first and an American second, how would that make you feel?


  • We also spoke with Suna Aziz, a second-generation Palestinian-American from the Islamic Center of Cleveland in Parma, Ohio, about faith, country, and what its like to be a Muslim in America during these times.

    Here are their voices. Add yours.

    Linda Hervey




    Linda Hervey
    • I consider myself a Christian first.

    • I might be a little apprehensive at first, but I would consider the fact that — they've chosen their religion first and then their citizenship second, the same as I have.

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    Michael Weber


    Suna Aziz:

  • I am a Muslim first because that comes before anything. But that does not mean that I will not defend my country or that I'm not patriotic. I'm an American. I don't think that anybody would put their country before their lord.

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  • Suna Aziz
    Michael Weber:
  • I consider myself to be a Christian finally . . . at the very basis of who I am, I am a Christian, and fortunately [an] American Christian.

  • A Muslim saying that I am a Muslim, then I'm an American,I would put my arms around that person and say I'm glad you're an American, let's talk, tell me about being a Muslim because I want to know.

      Read complete transcript



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