Letter To The Editor: Response To ‘I Say Keep Them All Out!’

Los Alamos

I’m not sure if I have ever read a more hateful, bigoted, or inaccurate piece of writing (letter) in my life (with the possible exception of some of the letters about Planned Parenthood in the Los Alamos Daily Post this summer).

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, a diverse a group of people as any on this planet. To paint them all as identical from knowing a handful in a single country is simply ridiculous, and Mr. Antos is resorting to stereotyping in the extreme.

To demonize all of Islam from a the writings of a handful of religious scholars and a selective reading of the Qur’an is also ridiculous. Yes, some passages in the Qur’an could be found objectionable. The same could be said of the Bible, or I suspect of every other religious text on the planet. Like the Bible, the Qur’an can be and has been interpreted in multitudinous ways throughout the past one to 2,000 years.

As in Christianity, there are a plethora of different branches in Islam. Dig deep enough, and you can find a religious scholar who has a religious justification for pretty much any kind of behaviour.

To paint the entirety of Islam as being the same as the extreme, fundamentalist, and very intentionally violent way that Daesh chooses to interpret and twist it is wrong (morally and factually), ridiculous, and hateful.

To say that we should reject 10,000 refugees because there is a danger that one might harm Americans, is effectively identical to saying that the life of one American is 10,000 times as valuable as that of a Syrian. That is disgusting.

Finally, Mr. Antos seems to be saying that Islam and the West are incompatible, and that Muslims should not come here. Last time I checked, that was just what Daesh was saying.