Published in Galveston Daily (10/20/04)
In reference to “Study about Muslims an eye-opener” (The Daily News, Oct. 8), thank you Heber Taylor for this excellent piece.
The years since 9/11 have been extremely testing for American Muslims in terms of the stereotyping of Muslims and Islam in the media, especially on hate-talk-radio.
The results, per the Council on American-Islamic Relations survey, are not surprising. Worse, this perception has probably been a driver for hate crimes that has included vandalism of mosques and Muslim businesses as well as personal injury.
I would like to tell your readers that Muslims care about their communities. I have met thousands of Muslims in America, and not a single one wanted to harm our country.
And the author of this letter himself is working today in community service as a loaned executive from the Valero Refining Company to United Way Mainland.
Visit your local mosque, talk to a Muslim neighbor or coworker and find out for yourself what Muslims teach and don’t teach their kids.