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MOSQUE: Is this who we really are?

Letter by Florence Ariessohn, Lake Tapps on Aug. 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | 80 Comments »
August 24, 2010 2:37 pm

Re: “NY mosque supporters, objectors march” (TNT, 8-23).

We always fear what we don’t understand. Unfortunately, for political gain, many on the right are playing on these fears and ginning up a fever pitch of anti-Muslim feeling to serve their own purposes.

Many on the right decry the limitation on the free practice of religion in other countries, yet they would limit it here. They would not assume that the KKK’s burning crosses and Bible verses represent their Christianity, yet they are willing to believe that all Muslims are terrorists.

It is absurd to think that peaceful, normal Americans who practice a different religion are somehow the same as those who attacked us. We need to educate ourselves, but even more importantly, we need to remember who we are as Americans and recover our generosity of spirit.

Hard financial times should not rob us of our humanity.

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