There were two Muslim prayer chapels (mosques) in the World Trade Center when it collapsed. More than 60 Muslims died on Sept. 11, 2001. Many were brave first responders such as policemen and firefighters. The Republican leadership has refused to condemn burning of the Koran and try to justify that by claiming it is no worse than building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.
A mosque is a church in which to worship God. Burning the Koran is a blasphemy to Muslims and will recruit fighters to the Taliban and al-Qaida, and endanger our troops in the Middle East. Do Republicans have to politicize everything, or do they just want a holy war with Islam?
Some folks would like to tell other folks where they can build their church because they resemble the folks who bombed the World Trade Center. We have been down that road before. Are we forgetting 1941, when we interned American citizens simply because they looked like the people who attacked Pearl Harbor?
WILLIS J. SCHELL
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