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RELIGION: Candidate’s faith shouldn’t matter

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on April 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | 137 Comments »
April 16, 2012 1:50 pm

Re: “A shameful notion neatly wrapped inside a ridiculous lie” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-11).

Pitts raised critical issues – the fact that some continue to falsely insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim, when in fact he is a Christian, and the fact that it shouldn’t be a problem if Obama actually were a Muslim.

Our founding fathers sought religious freedom in the United States, and freedom of religion has been one of the major strengths of our country since the very beginning. Our First Amendment rights are among the reasons people have sought refuge in this country from tyrannical governments across the globe.

Years ago I studied comparative religion at Lewis and Clark College, which had a tremendous overseas study program and a large foreign exchange student population. To expand my horizons, I requested roommates from another country. I was assigned roommates from Saudi Arabia, who were Muslim. They were two of the loveliest, kindest and most intelligent individuals I have ever met.

Islam, Judaism and Christianity are the three major religions of the Western world, and they share many core values and principles. It is a mistake to assume that fundamentalists from any of the three religions represent the rest of their respective faiths. It is a terrible shame that since 9/11, fear has caused many to ignore this distinction regarding the Muslim faith.

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