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Should nonMuslims watch what they say to Muslims?

Regarding the March 28 Opinion piece, "10 terms not to use with Muslims": I found this commentary refreshingly open-minded. As we enter the post-Bush era in America, this is exactly the rhetoric we need to embrace in replacement of the hatred of the past eight years – honest insight without the sugar-coating of many interfaith activities we see.

Thank you again, and peace.


Many thanks for this commentary. As an American Muslim, I couldn't have said it better myself, and truly appreciate the insight and spirit of mutual respect shown. I only hope that President Obama and his staff will have a chance to consider and make use of this sage advice before the president makes his speech in Turkey next week.


I , too, have traveled in the Middle East. It is a mistake to treat Muslims from the Middle East as if they were children and don't understand what a word or phrase means in context.

The assertion that words have different meanings to Muslims and that they don't understand what we are saying is arrogant to the point of foolishness.


Virginia Beach, Va.

The sub-headline for this commentary reads, "There's a big difference between what we mean and what they hear." Doesn't that place some burden on the listener, too, to learn the meaning of the words being used when he or she is being addressed? Must all the responsibility be placed on the speaker, whose intention is only to use his own language as it is meant to be used?


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