Letters to the Editor

Bernard H. Cochran: Dispelling fear

Regarding the Dec. 8 news article “Trump: Bar all Muslims from entering the U.S.”: Donald Trump’s most recent demagoguery involved banning all Muslims from entering the United States. Senseless attacks on women, blacks and immigrants have merely added to his popularity.

Not all Republicans share his fear-mongering and hatred, but the fact that he is the leading Republican candidate for president is a sad commentary on the moral climate in America.

It would be unthinkable for any sane person to equate the Waco, Texas, compound, arsenal and militarism of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians – tragically destroyed by fire by the ATF, the FBI and the Texas National Guard in 1993 – with all other Christian groups in the U.S.

However, Trump has no difficulty branding all Muslims in the U.S. as potential terrorist Jihadists – to the applause of his followers.

May it be that the interfaith movement of an increasing number of religious groups will help dispel the unwarranted fear of trustworthy, loyal Muslim Americans in this country – one of whom rushed to bring medical attention to the wounded in San Bernardino, Calif.

Bernard H. Cochran

Professor emeritus, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Meredith College