“Citizens of Heaven” versus “The Islamic Peril” The Anti-Islamic Rhetoric of Orlando’s Holy Land Experience Since 9/11/01

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Nancy L. Stockdale

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In early 2001, the Holy Land Experience (HLE) theme park opened in Orlando, Florida. Before 9/11, Islam was merely a shadowy figure at the HLE; after 9/11, however, the park has promoted a vision of Islam and Muslims that fosters hate among American Protestant visitors. This paper argues that the HLE is a site of extreme potential danger, for it espouses holy war and dissent between American Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

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