According to the LA Times:
Egyptians are cautiously rejoicing over the recent appointment of a veiled Egyptian American Muslim woman as an advisor to President Obama.
Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed this month to Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Arabs are closely watching for signs that the new leadership in Washington is making efforts to improve relations with Islam, which many Muslims believe were severely damaged during the eight years of the Bush administration. The selection of Mogahed is viewed by many in the Middle East as a step by Obama to move beyond the stereotypes and prejudices that Muslims believe they have encountered since the attacks Sept. 11, 2001.
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A rough count of the religious diversity on the president faith-based initiative panel yields the following tallies:
- 14 Christians/Christian organizations
- 3 Jews/Jewish organizations
- 2 Muslims
- 1 Hindu
- 5 secular organizations
What do you think? Is this diverse enough? Considering the president is calling this program the Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, do you think there is too much faith and not enough neighborhoods represented?