Sipping my coffee and reading The Bee each morning is a decades-long ritual. Like many habits we humans engage in, my habit with The Bee is not always good for my health. Certain articles produce symptoms of irritation; or an “are-you-kidding-me?” wonderment; or sometimes mild despair at the state of humankind.
Mostly there is a constant reminder that there is a huge number of my fellow Americans whose belief systems are totally foreign to me.
The “Islamophobia” phenomenon is a case in point. Two men driving a car see an elderly man in a turban and decide he is ISIS. Mr. Republican, The Donald, makes inflammatory statements about Muslims and says he will stop their entry into our country until he figures out how to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Mark Cameron Sr., in his letter to the editor, states that “Islamophobia” is justified. The continued lumping together of all Muslims as horrible, murderous people is divisive, ridiculous and just plain wrong. It’s time to rework one of the most basic tenets of the right wing – “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”
How about this: “Muslims don’t kill people, radicals kill people.”
Kevin Statham, Sanger