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Woman set up a 'Talk to a Muslim' booth in Cambridge

And, of course, this being the Boston area, she also offered free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts, the Globe reports.

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Donuts are way more inviting than personality tests and e-meters.

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A bored rich housewife from Duxbury?

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n/t

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Proof that both Muslims and Christians can both like awful food and coffee. You're a lot more in common than you think!

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Just like Israelis and Palestinians can unite around a love of falafel and clubbing!

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That's great and all, and not to sound all smug and Cambridgie, but shouldn't she have done this where it was needed more: Duxbury? Where she lives? Anyhow--more of this kind of thing would be good everywhere.

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There's the matter of foot traffic. Cambridge has lots of it; Duxbury, not so much. If you're trying to do person-to-person outreach, you want somewhere where people are walking by, not somewhere where they're driving by.

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there are other cities and towns with lotsa foot traffic. I guess I question the choice because Cambridge (I believe) is the only MA city/town where public schools close for an Islamic holiday (Nov/EID) and has the only muslim elected to office, city council, in the state. Maybe that is why they selected Cambridge(?), or maybe in their own minds they were somehow assuming that since the marathon bombers lived/grew up in Cambridge that the city would benefit from the booth. Can't say what their reasoning was. I would've swung by had I known about it.

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they just wanted to do this in cambridge. not everything has a master plan behind it.

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"master plan". Just curious. As Duxbury, where they live isn't exactly next door. Maybe one or both of them work in Cambridge. I was just *curious*.

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It strikes me that you're making this excessively complicated. "Cambridge vs. Duxbury" was the original question (if you can call it that) posed, and that's the one I answered. Do you understand how that's a no-brainer? Now you're asking a different question, and I'm wondering why you think this woman's action merits such a degree of speculation. Maybe she works in Cambridge, or studies there, or otherwise is familiar with it. Maybe she was able to get permission to do it in Cambridge and got the runaround elsewhere. Maybe she's got a nostalgic fondness for Out Of Town News. Why the speculation?

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You could probably stop by the booth and ask her that exact question!

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Sounds like an excellent idea.

Of course, by the time the warm weather returns (I know, but I am talking reliably warm weather in April or May) there will be several Muslims giving out free coffee and donuts and doing whatever else this whole thing is.

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Maybe she figured was a good place to try this idea, *because* it's already proven itself as fairly Muslim-friendly. It's like Broadway shows doing runs in other cities first :)

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