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In today's political world, I must embrace another identity.As I watch the way in which Republican candidates are dividing Americans, I realize that it's important to acknowledge the religion into which I was born.And yet, that identity doesn't fully represent me or my views. I am appalled by Donald Trump's bigotry and demagoguery not because I am a Muslim but because I am an American.This is the real danger of Trump's rhetoric: It forces people who want to assimilate, who see themselves as having multiple identities, into a single box.The tragedy is that, unlike Europe, Muslims in America are by and large well-assimilated. In a poignant article on Muslim American soldiers, the Washington Post interviewed Marine Gunnery Sgt.People from all sides of the spectrum are condemning Trump – though there are several Trump-lites among the Republican candidates.Even after San Bernardino, the number of Americans killed by Islamic terrorists on U.S. soil in the 14 years since 9/11 is 45 – an average of about three people a year.
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