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Religious intolerance with Muslims is shameful | Letters | Sept. 17

This “debate” about Muslims in America is disgusting and shameful. It is 10 steps back for our nation. It is making my work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco more difficult.

My friends ask, “Ben, is it true? Are they burning our Q’uran? Why, Ben? We want peace.” This will swell the ranks of Al Q’aida. More of our men and women in uniform will die because of one pastor’s hollow threat.

The framers of the Constitution settled this debate with the First Amendment. Everyone has the right to follow their religion in peace. People are free to believe what they believe. A Christian can be a Christian. A Muslim can be a Muslim. But we are all Americans.

If a Muslim wants to build a Mosque anywhere in this country, he can. He is free. Telling a Muslim she isn’t an American because she is a Muslim is a rejection of the very ideas that make us Americans.

The pages of our Bainbridge Review stood against the tide of hatred that swept our friends and neighbors into concentration camps during World War II.

Let’s not stand on the sidelines and let our sad history repeat. Let’s not let our country be twisted by the un-American idea that Muslims are not Americans.

Let’s build an America where all people are free, where all people are equal, where all people can pursue their joys and happiness. If Allah gives a person joy, but we rob them of their right to pray in peace, who are we?

We are not Americans.

Ben Packard,

Peace Corps Volunteer,

Ait Bazza, Morocco

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