On Sept. 2, Jared Bristol of Hebron stated in a letter that the proposed Park 51 Islamic Community Center is “a travesty of all that is decent in this country,” and speculated that there are not “more than a handful” of moderate Muslims to be found.
To all who share Bristol’s views, I have two questions:
• How many Muslims do you know personally?
Probably not many, or people would know that not all Muslims are radical terrorists any more than all Christians are obnoxious TV preachers.
• Do you understand the concept of freedom of religion?
Again, maybe not.
In America we have the right to practice any religion, anywhere we like, in any way we see fit, as long as we’re not breaking the law. It doesn’t matter if the majority doesn’t like a certain church. We can’t make laws that say, “Don’t build that church here — move it across town.”
It’s not religious freedom if Christians have it and Muslims don’t.
You know what’s a real travesty? All the self-proclaimed “patriots” spewing hatred and bigotry in the name of the 9/11 victims; that’s what.
Mary Karren-Landry, Poland