On Aug. 9, I came across a political cartoon on Page 6A titled “Current Events Quiz.” As a Muslim, I find this cartoon disingenuous, insincere and simply inaccurate.
It is deceivingly trying to convey the overarching message that Islam is the driver of these various terrorist groups, which is not true and indeed naïve. The main drivers to these groups are primarily politics, power and interests. In general, we should be very careful to paint a whole religion (and in turn all its followers) with one big, ill-informed brush.
It is a historical fact that armies from countries that call themselves Christian have killed more human beings than any other religion, but I would not doubt that Christianity is a religion of peace. The United Nations says that Israel has and continues to kill many innocent civilians, but I also would not doubt that Judaism is a religion of peace. We need to persistently differentiate between the religion and the behavior of a few of its followers – albeit the latter might be, intentionally or not, more visible in our daily media.
Thank you very much for publishing this letter, and for your balanced and objective approach to issues of importance to our society.