In the wake of horrible tragedy in San Bernardino, reckless, controversial, racist and highly charged anti-Muslim remarks by president hopeful Donald Trump have given rise to violence, intolerance and extremism.
His solution is dangerous and worse than the problem. It will not address the issue of terrorism. It will further strengthen the hands of terrorist groups like ISIS and their efforts to radicalize Muslim youth, here and abroad. Mr. Trump’s rhetoric and poisonous ideology will contribute more to divisiveness, hatred and prejudice in our nation.
Already, we are beginning to see incidents of arson, desecration of worship places and rise in Islamophobia. We do not need such a hateful and vicious environment around us. For me, it is difficult to understand that a highly successful businessman would in indulge in making such an irresponsible statement.
His anti-Muslim rhetoric is unacceptable and is incompatible with American values. It deserves denunciation at home and abroad. We are beginning to see that happening. I hope, it will have some corrective influence on Mr. Trump.
Sudarshan Kapoor, Fresno