Letters to the Editor

History shows dangers of broad brush

German and Italian fascists in the 1930s and 40s were responsible for the murderous deaths of millions in concentration camps and throughout Europe and from aerial bombings in Eastern Africa. The then-pope and some other church leaders supported both Benito Mussolini and the Nazis. A motto of the Wehrmacht was “God is with Us. “

In our own country, slave holders found justification in their reading of the Bible and even today members of the Klu Klux Klan proudly proclaim themselves to be Christians. The labels some claim for themselves and like-minded psychopaths tell us little, while their speech and actions speak volumes.

That is also the case for those committing atrocities today while calling out the name of Allah. It is manifestly not true that all Germans and Italians were guilty of the crimes committed in their name. The same is also true today of Muslims.

Mark Cameron (letter May 27) wields much too broad a brush, as do many others of like mind, when claiming that Islamophobia is justified because of the actions of some with the same label.

Dick Haas, Fresno

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