The subject of head coverings is circumstantial. What we are really afraid of—yes, we are afraid of something, and it’s not primarily terrorists attacking the homeland—is a group of immigrants whose religious culture is historically totalitarian, from our point of view not a religion at all in the sense we mean it, but an ideological racism that was never anticipated by the founders of our country. The fears that many have had (and still have) about the Hispanic immigration gradually erode as we see that, despite their different heritage, Hispanics can be good Americans. Yes, we have to ‘make room’ for them, and the ‘white’ America that some of us lived in has had to make adjustments for the second time.
Back to Rose Hamid, she probably considers herself a good Muslim and a good American. She probably doesn’t belong to a mosque where anti-Americanism is openly preached. As she said, when she was interviewed, she never felt physically threatened, even being in the Trump rally and while being escorted out. The Trump is not Hitler. A head-scarfed Jewess wearing a yellow star-of-David would never have been allowed into a Nazi rally, and if she had slipped in by stealth and stood up during the Führer’s speech, she would probably not have been ejected with courtesy. That eight-pointed yellow star worn by Hamid and her accomplice was, I think, multiply insulting—to Jews, to Trump, and to America.
Muslims can be Americanized. Many actually give up their original faith and assimilate to various forms of Christianity when they have lived here awhile, or over the generations, by marriage, for career advancement, for many reasons. Some leave Islam for the same reason some Christians and Jews abandon their religious traditions: prosperity makes secular humanism an attractive alternative to wasting time on worship, study, and prayer. In America we don’t kill apostates. We don’t even shun them. Americanized Muslims? They can choose many lifestyles. We are happy for them. But Islamicized Americans? Or worse, Islamicized America? No, we don’t want it. I don’t want it. What do you want?