Letters to the Editor – Weekly Issue of September 20, 2010
Readers write in about Islam, the West, and religious freedom.
Perspectives on Islam
Regarding the Sept. 6 cover story, "Islam and the West": Our neighbors who practice a different form of worship, wear clothing that offers an alternative outlook, and choose to retain cultural practices from their homelands are not enemies to be ostracized and blamed for our own problems.
To condemn and separate ourselves from 2.4 million people in the United States and 1.57 billion people in the world with little understanding of their individual ideas, choices, and contributions offends the teachings of our spiritual leaders as well as our American ancestors.
Thank you for your editorial "Cracking US 'Islamophobia' " and the accompanying religious article, "God's love overcomes Islamophobia" (Sept. 6). The golden rule – what you called the "common rule" shared by all the great religions of the world – has been a conscious linchpin of my personal and professional life. Can't say I've always lived up to it, but your reminder of its simple and profound practicality in regard to religious freedom is more than apt. May we all approach its standard.