Letters to the Editor

Barry L. Reece: Not a fight with Islam

Your Nov. 30 editorial “A president counsels calm” reminded us that some Republican presidential hopefuls are willing to use anti-Muslim rhetoric to achieve higher poll numbers.

We should not forget the Muslim-Americans who serve as health care workers, members of our armed forces and police officers.

I am not a big fan of George W. Bush, but I recall a time when he stood tall after 9/11 helping Americans appreciate and celebrate the traditions of Islam. Speaking at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., he said, “America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends and respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity and morality.”

He wanted us to understand that America is not at war against the Muslim faith.

Barry L. Reece