Letters to the Editor

Scott Chapman: Inclusion, not isolation for Muslims

Regarding the Jan. 16 news article “ Duke reverses on Muslim prayer”: Duke should be ashamed of its leadership.

The decision to reverse course on allowing Duke students to include the call to prayer as part of their Friday service is a failure to understand the fractious state of worldwide Islam and a missed opportunity to encourage a nonradical, peaceful, modern understanding and practice of the faith.

Society cannot eliminate radical Islam by isolating and denigrating the entire faith. Only by encouraging and supporting the practice of millions of peaceful Muslims, and their inclusion in the cultures of all countries, will we deny radicalism an incubator

Scott Chapman

Durham

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