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June 5, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Forget race; fear extremism

Beliefs of few do not represent those of many

Thank you for articulating how Muslims feel when they are accused as a group for the actions of a few [“Extremism has no race,” Opinion, June 2].

Muslims feel the same pain as everyone else about the loss of life and suffering, whether it is the Boston bombing or a school shooting.

Nobody asked the faith of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ shooter or what church he attended, and we shouldn’t.

The word “terrorism” now seems to be exclusively reserved for when a criminal act is perpetuated by someone who happens to be a Muslim. I have never seen that word used for any other horrific crimes — killers in movie theaters, schools, or those who send lethal ricin-laced letters to our president or elected officials. I question how such crimes would have been reported had they been committed by a Muslim extremist.

This is in no way saying there should have been a less-vigorous pursuit to find the criminals who committed the Boston bombings, but we should understand that the actions of a few do not represent the beliefs of many.

Hyder Ali, Issaquah

Comments | Topics: extremism, racism, terrorism

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