Claims of discrimination divisive

Published: November 11, 2012
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Jillian Holzbauer (Your Views, Nov. 4) complains that in any article mentioning Islam there exists a “singular, absolute truth” that all Muslims are part of a “homogeneous, conspiracy-driven collective.” She also claims there's a common belief that Muslims who commit crimes always do so in the name of religion. The inconvenient truth is this: Osama bin Laden, a Muslim, declared war on America in the 1990s, basing it on the Islamic belief of some that infidels should be wiped from the face of the earth. Since then, terrorists — who happen to be Muslim — have bombed U.S. embassies, carried out attacks that killed hundreds across Europe, bombed the USS Cole — killing 17 American sailors — murdered nearly 3,000 innocent civilians on 9/11 and most recently massacred an American ambassador and three others in Libya.

Those are incontrovertible facts. Because all these attacks were carried out by Islamic terrorists — who happen to be Muslim — it's understandable that Americans may be a bit leery. It's human nature. But Holzbauer herself has nothing against painting entire populations with a broad brush. By stereotyping every American as being discriminatory against Muslims, she's displaying the same type of attitude of those she's accusing. To claim that U.S. citizens have “demonized the entire American Muslim community” is ludicrous and divisive.

If she is truly concerned about American-Muslim relations, Holzbauer should try presenting a more rational argument.

Jim Powell, Yukon