Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian (for Info only, not official)

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    ...That's because in previous years there was no Donald Trump leaving a lump of coal in my stocking, reminding me just how unwelcome my multi-faith family would be in his version of America. My husband, who emigrated from Iran 12 years ago, is Muslim. In addition to the usual challenges, over time, of assimilating -- and the challenges, more recently, of absorbing presidential campaign rhetoric that underscores just how many people won't accept him -- he tends to be particularly self-conscious when he's invited to a meal where there are no halal, or at least vegetarian, options. It's not righteous indignation -- far from it -- that makes him feel isolated. It's a sense of displacement compounded by a name Americans frequently can't pronounce, a lingering accent and childhood memories from an Iran-Iraq war that many here scarcely remember. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 24, 2015, midnight