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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t blame Jones for Islamists’ rampage

- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, there has been a growing sentiment from Islam that has resulted in a willingness to accept radical Muslim violence as a fact of life. This mentality must stop.

No, not every Muslim is a terrorist or even supports the radical Muslims' form of murderous jihad. However, there is a consistent problem of radicalization within Islam and to deny that fact is to ignore the truth. Take the Koran burning by the Rev. Terry Jones, for an example. In September, the U.S. State Department declared his plan "un-American." What about the many American flags that have been subjected to similarly deplorable treatment in the Middle East? It is a sad day in America when of the two acts, somehow only the former is considered "un-American."

It is time for America to take off the blinders of multiculturalism and face reality. Mr. Jones' actions were unnecessary and distasteful, as any desecration of revered symbols would be, in my opinion, but they were also nonviolent. Some 43 persons have died in the Middle East as a result of Muslim violence in response to this controversy, yet somehow all of the blame has been publicly placed on Mr. Jones' shoulders.

Have we lost our minds? Perhaps Mr. Jones merits criticism, but the fact that his actions - which harmed no one - have caused a substantial portion of the world to go into a frenzy is a real problem. Blame for the deaths should not be placed upon his irreverent actions but rather upon those who resorted to violent protest. The sooner we recognize this fact the better off we will be as a nation.

BEN LEICHTY

Notre Dame, Ind.

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