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This applies not just to Muslims, who may have the roughest time of it these days, but to someone wearing a yamulke or Star of David or pentagram or a crystal. It applies to anyone whose clothing or symbols differ from mainstream of the person’s location.

I have been asked, when wearing a Pentagram, if I was a devil worshipper. It was asked in a tone of curiosity rather than derision, so I answered in the same way that I was not, and told the person a little bit about pentagram symbolism. In the end, they thought it was cool rather than evil. It doesn’t always work out that easily and well, but I feel we still could choose to remind people–especially ourselves–that what we see is not always what we think we see.

TED Ideas Worth Spreading has a lot of with free video viewing, including this one. A hattip and a half to them.