Wow I had to get my popcorn out and read through (most) of this.
Personally, having Muslims infiltrate my town and throw hijabs on unwary females is not my highest concern (having a sound economy, balanced budget, and a safety net for ALL Americans is). I personally feel politics are too political right now. It used to be that representatives on both sides of the aisle could work together to pass bills and work for the common good. But poltics ESPECIALLY the political right have got that reversed. Then you have situations like Gov Christie being chastized and threatend by Murdoch. It is politically dangerous for Christie to do his job and serve his constituents, if that meant working for the "enemy". The people behind the GOP (including Murdoch) would rather have him score political points, than actually help his people.
I do have to admit, the same unease I hear about those incidents in European countries, in which a religious minority is not "blending" with the majority and using different rules, I feel the same way when I hear about protesters blocking women from using Planned Parenthood, or rules that forces women to have a transvaginal ultrasounds (for NO medical reason whatsoever) for anyone who is considering an abortion (I thought conservatives were for governmental NONinterference), censoring health textbooks during the first Bush administration, to suppression about human effects of climate change during the second Bush administration. It is crazy, and for me scary.
I was raised Greek Orthodox, and though I am not practising, one of the people I most deeply admire in all my life is my grandmother. She was a devout Greek Orthodox, and she lived her life consistent with those values; taking care of her family, being productive, frugal, and all the while humble. Despite the fact I was not a traditional stay at home mom in turn she was supportive and very proud of me. I don't always live up to her principals but I aspire towards them but as I was raised, one's religion is a deeply PERSONAL thing. I would never impose my religious beliefs on other people, it is not for me to do so. I guess what I'm saying, religion can be a good thing. Government can be a good thing, and has a certain function. But they are two seperate things.