Muslim groups’ gathering in Atlanta troubling
Last weekend, metro Atlanta was the site of a convention for two controversial Muslim groups, the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society. ICNA began in 1971, as the American arm for Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami, an organization linked to the Taliban. MAS started in 1993 and federal prosecutors dubbed it “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
Speakers have led a Muslim Brotherhood mosque, preached that anti-Semitic hatred is understandable, written that homosexuality was a quick way “to earn God’s wrath” or promoted groups like Hamas. A speaker’s CAIR chapter posted an image: “Build a Wall of Resistance/ Don’t Talk to the F.B.I.”
Just as nobody should tolerate a white supremacist convention at a hotel, so the same standard must apply against theocratic supremacists such as ICNA and MAS.
DAVID M. SWINDLE, COORDINATOR FOR ISLAMIST WATCH
Letter-writer needs lesson in history
I had to just laugh at the premise of the letter on Dec. 17 (“Democrats have done harm to democracy”) that excoriates Democrats for resisting and trying to take down the Trump presidency. On the very day of Obama’s inauguration, a group of Republicans from both House and Senate met and swore to oppose anything and everything Obama proposed. I personally happened to witness speaker McConnell state that the No. 1 goal of the GOP was to make Obama a one-term president. And finally, the writer has the gall to suggest that Democrats are undermining our society. I could spend about two hours in a refresher course showing how one single person has diminished our standing in the world, not to mention being the crudest president in American history.
PHIL DAVIS, POWDER SPRINGS
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