Islam teaches Muslims to respect all people and embrace them for who they are ”” Muslim, Christian, Jew or any other faith. It teaches us the only way for peace and justice to be established on earth is to help one another in good deeds and kind words. Someone truly interested in knowing what the religion of Islam has to say would make friends with a Muslim or read credible books on Islam ”” starting with the Muslim holy book, the Koran. In fact, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is giving out free copies to any American who would like to understand better the religion and its adherents. Call 800-784-7526 for a free copy. I advise the writer to keep his hatred to himself. America needs voices of peace and moderation more than ever; especially if we are going to defeat the extremists that exist in all societies and in all religions. BASIM ELKARRA executive director, CAIR-Sacramento Valley


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