Letters To The Editor


July 27, 2005

CAIR campaign roundly rejects acts of terrorism

Only in Cal Thomas' bizarro world can a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) television public service announcement (PSA) denouncing terrorism be "reminiscent of Nazi, Soviet and Japanese propaganda" ("From `unconditional surrender' to head-in-the-sand conciliation," Opinion * Commentary, July 20).

Here's the full script of the PSA that Mr. Thomas finds so troubling: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed.

"We reject anyone - of any faith - who commits such brutal acts, and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

Arabic- and Urdu-subtitled versions of the PSA will be distributed to television stations in the Muslim world.

CAIR's PSA is an outgrowth of our "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition, signed by some 700,000 Muslims, states, in part: "We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed."

To Mr. Thomas, these clear and unambiguous condemnations of terror somehow constitute "Tokyo Rose propaganda."

Mr. Thomas' vision for the future is that of perpetual religious and civilizational conflict.

It is a vision that must be rejected by reasonable people of all faiths who seek a more peaceful future.

Ibrahim Hooper


The writer is national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Wrong for Muslims to criticize police

Am I the only one who sees the extreme irony in the statements by British Muslim leaders in regard to recent events in London?

Their outcry that the killing of an innocent man by London police "amounted to an execution" would have made me chuckle under less somber circumstances ("London police acknowledge shooting victim was innocent," July 24).

But where were these leaders' voices after the bombings occurred? Who in the Muslim community was bold enough to decry the actions of the militant Muslim bombers?

Which Muslim leaders had the courage to publicly stand up and describe these bombers as executioners?

I am confident that many Muslims are not militant and do not support the murderous actions of their militant Muslim brothers and sisters.

But if honorable Muslims make no effort to raise their voices as one to condemn murderous behavior among their brethren, and if Muslims direct their anger and shame toward the people who are truly trying to protect us all, as the British police were doing, are they not complicit in perpetuating the bloodshed and loss of precious innocent life?

Cathy Schwartz


Surplus sustains Ehrlich's approach

Maryland's budget surplus is indisputable evidence that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s fiscal management - opposing higher income and sales taxes, cutting wasteful spending and pushing policies that promote business and job creation - has had its impact ("What surplus?" editorial, July 24).

Now is the time to support the governor's call and cut taxes and return this budget surplus to the taxpayers of this state who are overpaying for their state government.

For too long, the Democratic leadership of this state has funded the unbridled growth of state government on the backs of working people.

Now we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of Mr. Ehrlich's prudent fiscal stewardship and cut taxes in the coming legislative session.

Cutting property taxes, as the governor recently proposed, should be just the beginning.

Greg Kline

Severna Park

Oliphant cartoon shows terrible taste

Pat Oliphant's cartoon captioned "A suspicious, unidentified package has been left on the nation's doorstep," with the name "J. Roberts" inscribed on the package, was insulting, offensive and totally tasteless (July 23).

I find it deplorable that The Sun published this cartoon, particularly in light of world events the past two weeks.

Carol Garitty


Roberts deserves swift confirmation

Judge John G. Roberts Jr. is a jurist of the highest qualifications and ability. By nominating Judge Roberts, President Bush has presented the Senate with a nominee of the quality that Americans deserve every time a Supreme Court vacancy arises ("Roberts could tilt to right of court," July 24).

Judge Roberts is a highly qualified nominee, and he deserves a confirmation process that is respectful, dignified and high-minded.

The Senate will be fortunate to be able to vote on such a quality nominee and should not let partisan bickering stand in the way of confirming an excellent judge to the Supreme Court.

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