Regarding the Feb. 16 news article “ Saudis condemn killings in Chapel Hill”: Saudi Arabia, Qatar and many other Muslim countries are condemning the killings of three students in North Carolina. While their killings are a tragedy that should never have happened, I find it ironic that the global Muslim community protests and condemns the murders of these three innocent victims, voicing concern over the growing Islamophobia in the United States and elsewhere, while remaining mute about the murders of non-Muslims.
Why isn’t the global Islamic community marching and protesting the numerous murders carried out in the name of Islam against Christians, Jews and others? Yes, there are a few Muslim groups and individuals who express regret and concern when acts of hatred are carried out against non-Muslims. And they claim that this does not represent Islam. But their voices are generally silent, and this is partly responsible for the anti-Islamic sentiment embraced by many Americans and Europeans today. If Muslims want to be respected and trusted, then they have to, as a group, stand for an end to violence against Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It cannot be one-sided.
Until that happens, I fear there will be more needless murders and genuine trust will be harder to achieve.
Robert Schiffman, Raleigh