In light of radical jihadists with plastic explosives in their underpants, airport security now has a new reason to worry. However, they are not the only ones. Muslims across America find themselves disgusted by the bombing attempt, and wonder at how the repercussions will affect them, and the Muslim community of Burlington, Vermont is not much different in that regard. Tania Khartabil, a Palestinian-American student at UVM voices the opinions of the greater community, when she condemns the attack, saying that it is “just plain wrong.”
There is a stark difference between the radical Islamism of Al-Qaeda, and the religion of peace practiced by 1.57 billion people worldwide—a difference many do not realize. However, to the Muslim community in Vermont, the differences are evident. They see the unfolding of recent events as a series of tragedies—each defaming the lifestyle and religion they practice while living at peace with their neighbors in the predominantly White-Christian state of Vermont.