We Need Understanding Not Hate


In his letter to the editor (Dec. 7), Jim Grodnik says he fears Islamists and asks “What rational person in the Western world does not?”

I, for one, do not fear Islam and those who practice this religion. Why? Because I have known and worked with Muslims whom I admire and respect. I have worked on U.S. foreign policy issues in the Middle East. I have read extensively about their culture and history so I would like to think that I have some understanding and knowledge of a people that so many are willing to condemn out of unfounded fear and political rhetoric.

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