CO: NEWSPAPER ALLOWS WRITERS' HATE TO SPREAD
On Saturday, the Coloradoan published a letter to the editor and a Soapbox in its opinion section denigrating Muslims. In one, we are falsely told that "in the Islamic world, persecution of the Christian is widespread" and we can "blame radical Islam for possible destruction of our way of live (sic)". In the other, we are told "the Koran is a guide to hatred of infidels (that is America), waging war and victory through slaughter."
While I encourage the free exchange of ideas on the opinion page, including the dangers of "extremism" in the Muslim world, sweeping generalizations about an entire religion such as these can only be defined as one thing: racism. And for publishing this hatred as a viable "opinion," the Coloradoan succeeds in institutionalizing and promoting it.
Would the paper consider publishing such quotes as these?
"The Muslims are trying to destroy all other cultures - as a survival mechanism."
"Muslims are filled with more hatred and rage for our race, for our heritage, for our blood than perhaps you can imagine."
Replace "Muslim" with "Jew" above, and you get two quotes from Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. Or how about:
"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Muslim, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Again, replace "Muslim" with "Jew" and you get a quote from "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler.
The paper should at a minimum be ashamed and publish a public apology to the Muslim community. If they are serious about being a newspaper with integrity, they should fire any editor that allows this kind of hatred to be published.
Bruce Stotts lives in Fort Collins.