Don't Be A Religious Bigot

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Editor:

A recent letter to the editor suggested that we boycott a new stamp commemorating the Muslim holiday season. This suggestion was based on the fact that Muslims were involved in several attacks on the U.S. at home and abroad over the last few years.

This is true, but it is also true that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the U.S. both by conversion and immigration.

It is also true that there are U.S. trained Muslims fighting with our troops in Iraq at this very moment.

It is also true that Turkey, a member of NATO and a strong ally, is an Islamic country, as is Saudi Arabia another ally.

It is also true that for everyone of the 19 hijackers on 9/11, there were thousands upon thousands of Muslims in the Middle East and around the world who were horrified at the terrible actions of these few. It is also true that some of the dead in the World Trade Center were Muslims.

It is not the faith that is bad, but some of the "followers" of the faith.

Don't forget that Hitler and Mussolini considered themselves Christians.

I am not suggesting that we use the stamp on our Christmas cards. I certainly will not, but neither would I use a stamp commemorating Buddhism, the Jewish faith, etc.

At the same time, I would not think of boycotting any stamp that does commemorate another religion. Neither the war in Iraq nor the war against terrorism are religious wars, so let us not even begin to create one here in the U.S. It simply wouldn't be the Christian or the American thing to do.

Dave Sutherland, Payson

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