Regarding the Nov. 25 editorial “A call to quell fear of Islam”: Suzanne Barakat’s TED talk used her stated belief that the murders of Barakat’s brother, Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, and sister-in-law, Razan Abu-Salha were caused by anti-Muslim hate.
Intensive investigations at the federal and state levels failed to find any evidence to support this assertion and concluded that the crime was committed by a madman as the result of an ongoing dispute over an apartment parking space (he was known by others in the apartment complex as the “parking bully.”
The unfounded use of three tragic deaths to further a political agenda is unconscionable and disrespectful to the victims. Anti-Muslim hate and fear does exist but is also a current politically correct “go-to” issue.
Had the victims been, for example, Buddhists, a relative representing it as an anti-Buddhist hate crime while presenting no evidence would be ignored.
Viewers of TED talks should never take it for granted that they are hearing the whole truth.
Suzanne Barakat’s talk is just one of many attempts to present this crime as anti-Muslim with no evidence.