It isn't just the Arabic-speaking man or the hijab-clad woman who were off-loaded from airplanes; even in pure, white, nativist America, there is an uptick in the kind of religious fundamentalism that India is often harangued for.

The two sentences are different in the intentions.I felt it awkward like:

It isn't that he just dances; even she sings.

The first sentence talks about offloading and the second one of an uptick in the religions.

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    The semantics of the first clause boil down to religious fundamentalism isn't only visible in discriminatory airport security (in which context the relevant religion is Islam). The second clause contrasts this with an increase in Christian "fundamentalism", far removed from the "cultural interface" represented by airports (which manifests even in "middle-class suburban America", where radicalized Muslims and terrorist threats are virtually non-existent). It's a little "laboured", but I'd say it's perfectly valid phrasing. Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 14:04

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Even often means "also, contrary to what you might expect".

He plays golf every day, even on his wife's birthday.

It reveals the speaker's/author's sense of what is generally expected. The speaker of the above sentence believes that it is somewhat unusual for a man to play golf on his wife's birthday.

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