We must stand up to hatred
I was extremely troubled to read the letter to the editor by Sandi Solomon, “Stand strong against Islam,” which you published April 12.
The misinformation, intolerance and prejudice echoed in the letter was simply epic in proportion. Perhaps what was most troubling was that the accusations made by Solomon that 1) Islam seeks global domination and 2) Muslims are taught to lie and cannot be trusted, are the same false and hateful types of accusations Nazi propagandists made against Jews prior to the Holocaust.
We must learn from our history and learn from each other’s differences, not hate and fear each other. Hate only begets more hate. Ignorance often can lead to misunderstanding that results in fear, hatred and ultimately even violence. We need more people to stand up to hatred and teach love, compassion and mercy.
We should not give the spotlight to those who wish to promote the same types of hateful misinformation, promoted against other minorities in the past.
Hassan Shibly, Esq.
Tampa Executive Director