Letters to the Editor

Religion and the rodeo; the cost of prejudice

Religion and the rodeo

Sigh. Not one, but two stories about ignorant folks and their misconceptions about Islam.

American Muslims are as peaceful and law-abiding as the rest of us. They do not want to impose Shariah law on Texans. And many of those being shouted at by angry protesters were born here.

We’re making Texas look bad. Surely we can learn to tell the difference between a “Muslim” terrorist and a Muslim dental technician from Plano.

Ignorance is just ignorance.

We can do better.

— Connor Fitzgerald, Fort Worth

The key words in Bud Kennedy’s article are “peaceful Muslims.” (See: “What’s wrong with a Texas imam doing a rodeo prayer, anyway?”)

How do we reconcile that with the Quran’s promotion of violence? Many verses involve fighting non-believers and subduing them.

I guess peace will arrive once everybody has been either converted or killed.

Even if peaceful Muslims ignore the teachings, it’s irrelevant because the religion has been hijacked by the fanatics who guide the faith and are more concerned about Quran-burning and caricatures than about condemning terrorism.

— Ricardo Schulz, Fort Worth

I am ashamed for the intolerant reaction of many of my fellow Texans to the innocent invocation of Imam Bakhach at the Stock Show rodeo.

Not to mention the rude and cowardly way that state Rep. Molly White had her staff greet visitors to her Capitol office.

I have been taught to show respect and tolerance to those of different faiths. The imam’s invocation was described as “spot-on” and “very appropriate.”

To me, that sounds like a general prayer for safety of the competitors and well-being for all.

If people, my fellow Texans in particular, object to that from anyone, it shows we have a long way to go.

— John Bradford Williams, Arlington

The cost of prejudice

Thank you for Cynthia M. Allen’s important Jan. 29 column, “Lessons from the Holocaust are fading in the modern world.”

An art teacher friend in Rochester, N.Y., taught children from the Holocaust.

She discovered that they used only the darkest crayons for their pictures — their lives in concentration camps had been devoid of color.

She sat them down in front of beds of tulips and other flowers until they could regain their lost ability to see and draw colors.

As the Auschwitz survivors said at this 70th anniversary of liberation, we must not forget that the evils of hatred and prejudice lead only to horrific deaths.

— Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine

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