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Feedback: True Muslims don't judge

I feel it’s necessary to ensure the Jaswals know that recent letter writers are not the majority voice on the island. How embarrassing that they felt the notion to speak at all, but this is their right. As I am sure the Jaswals are aware, it's proof of why this country is great. You get to voice your opinion no matter how ignorant it is and you won't disappear in the dead of night.

I believe most American's realize that the reason it’s so awesome is because we have the right to think, voice, dress, educate, pray or not and speak differently than our neighbor without being persecuted. The melting pot includes Muslims, the fastest growing religion in America. They’re here to stay and they have as much right to be here as you and I do.

Thank goodness the Founding Fathers really did know what they were doing when they wrote the First Amendment. It’s people like Coates and Coyne (Letters, April 12) who’d make this place a scary one without it. I welcome the Jaswals and their friends, because I know that a true Muslim is a kind person who doesn’t judge those who are not Muslims. Just as I know that true Christians who follow the teachings of Christ, judge not, lest ye be judged.

All religions have the potential to live in peace with each other. Whether they’re Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, Christian, pagan or Muslim, all are meant to make one a better person. We have Americans who call themselves one of these religions. It's up to each individual to interpret their beliefs correctly and seek peace with all humankind.

I thank our lucky stars and stripes, this is possible in America. Peace starts with each individual. Let's hope one day, we can truly have it.

Erin Clark

Oak Harbor

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