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Issue: "Baghdad set free," April 19, 2003

Fundamentally agreed

The quote from CAIR's Hussam Ayloush caught my attention ("Truth or CAIR?" March 22). Just as secular fundamentalists attack Christians for creating an "atmosphere of hate" with regard to homosexuality, so too Muslims seem to be using the same rhetoric when Christians speak on Islam. It's not Christian fundamentalists and Muslim fundamentalists who are closely related; rather, Muslim fundamentalists and secular fundamentalists both demand that only their ways be followed, and both demand that opponents be silenced by whatever means necessary. - Paul Hair, Dillsburg, Pa.

Bob Jones's expose of CAIR was informative but hardly surprising. The biggest mistake Christians could make is to think that Islam is just like Christianity, only with different customs and another name for God. The Quran portrays a deity that is radically different than the God of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. - George C. Hammond, Round Hill, Va.

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Thank you for your eye-opening piece "Truth or CAIR?" This group, to me, is using a lot of smoke and mirrors. The truth is that Muslim fundamentalists have committed and continue to commit devastating acts of terrorism against our country and others in the name of their prophet. Gene Youngblood stated that Islam is "horrifying" and "dangerous." By their denials and silence and secrecy, CAIR hasn't shown us otherwise. - Michael A. Ritter, Anson, Maine

Pastor Youngblood is inflaming the situation, not shedding light on it. As a result, rational discourse between people of good will suffers, and those with ill-will take advantage of it. His approach is too similar to a recent reference to Muhammad as a pedophile-lots of heat, but no progress toward a solution. - James Banks, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

You state that the worst instance of anti-Muslim violence was in Yorba Linda, Calif., where an "18-year-old Arab man was attacked by 20 assailants wielding knives and baseball bats as they shouted obscenities and religious epithets." While it is true that a young man of Arab ancestry was viciously beaten, students from the area claim that it was an arranged fight between two groups of students. The case is still under investigation and no motive has been reported. - Alan Amavisca, Placentia, Calif.

Nothing personal

Thank you for "A little less condescension" (March 22). My wife and I are missionaries in Romania. A friend and I just returned from a driving trip to England across several European countries. We found everyone we came across in every country to be warm, friendly, and helpful. We experienced no anti-American sentiment at all. I would agree that the average European is not at all like the mainstream American media tend to characterize them. It is all in our attitude; when you respond to people in humility and respect, they tend to respond in kind. - Shane Herman, Bucharest, Romania

I heartily agree with "A little less condescension." What I remember most about backpacking across Europe years ago is the warmth and friendliness of the people I met. These people were angry with the U.S. government at the time for its foreign policies, but they did not take it out on me personally. - Joseph Gates, Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Freedom gone

"Repression made in China" (March 22) was great. I guess we knew this was coming. Say goodbye to a "free" Hong Kong. - Bill Adams, Savannah, Ga.

Moved by Tears

I saw Tears of the Sun this weekend ("Tears of the left," March 22). Whether or not the film is a box-office hit or failure, or if the liberal media liked it, I was profoundly moved by the moral choices presented in the film, especially in light of the current turmoil swirling around the war against Iraq. Do we, as Americans, have a moral obligation to help others? As Elie Wiesel said in his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, "Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately." - Lindy Denton, LaGrange, Ind.

Hot topic

Because a vibrant faith in Christ will always be a hot media topic, we say "Kudos" to Joel Rosenberg (Flash Traffic, March 22). Praise God for a president who loves, honors, and worships our holy God. - Don & Kris Rasmussen, Schofield, Wis.

Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State argued that the presidency is a "secular" job. If Mr. Lynn had his way, perhaps there would never be a Christian lawyer, judge, CEO, doctor, or congressman. I am proud to have a president who not only begins his day before his Creator to seek wisdom and guidance but is also not afraid to tell the world that he does. - M. Camp, Fort Myers, Fla.

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