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Aug. 14, 2020

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Letter: Americans should learn about Islam


In America, it is well known what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, a date no one will forget. After this date, Americans suffered from trauma and feared every Muslim, assuming that their religion as a whole had the same motives.

In 2018 the National Catholic Reporter website stated: “In recent years, anti-Muslim hate crimes have reached a record high, far exceeding the spike in attacks that occurred in the wake of 9/11.”

Furthermore, our current president, Donald Trump, has continued the contribution for the hatred on this particular religion. He has made statements suggesting banning all Muslims “until our representatives can figure out what is going on” and also referring to Muslims as “an extraordinary influx of hatred and danger coming into our country.” There are many more comments he has made on this religion, which is demeaning to the people who practice Islam. As a representative of our country, he is allowing and contributing to the stereotype of Muslims.

There are some religions that are more widely practiced than others in certain places, and people who practice a religion that is not favored are stereotyped or experience discrimination. If Americans were more educated on other religions, this discrimination could be prevented.

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