Following 9/11 and in my opinion the extreme Bush reaction of eg The Patriot Act, Americans appear to be undergoing an introspection in their attitudes towards Islam and Muslims by accepting that Muslims have been unfairly discriminated against. There appears to be a healthy reevaluation of American bias and prejudice which a growing majority understandably accept went to far in negatively stereotyping an entire community for actions ironically that had nothing to do with American Muslims.
Moreover I think the overall message is how in a short period of time the political leadership from President Obama has already begun to show a significant shift in the American public's perception towards Islam despite an overtly hostile media.
With the political conference season upon us will our UK political parties follow Obama's example of initially acknowledging the hostility towards Islam and Muslims before condemning it and promoting a more favourable image of Muslims. I''m not holding my breath although London Muslim certainly expects the Labour Party to show some long overdue leadership in this area