Dear Mr. Burt Constable, I am writing in response to your July 2nd column. I appreciate your response to the reader who was attacking your faith and patriotism, and at the same time attempting to rouse anger towards Muslims by painting all issues in black and white.
Friday morning, on one of Chicago’s main talk radio stations – WLS 890 AM (ABC) – CAIR-Chicago’s communications director, Ahmed Rehab, took on Eileen Byrne, a talk show host whose show precedes the Rush Limbaugh show. Eileen and her callers were throwing accusations and condemnations of Muslims – CAIR in particular – in lieu of CAIR’s condemnation of General Mathis’ “it’s fun to kill” quote.
Today, we are standing together against the growing use of race, religion, and immigrant bashing in the political discourse of our nation. It is Important that we stand united against all forms of bigotry. An attack on one is an attack on all.
On Friday, October 1, 2004, representatives of Chicago-area interfaith, Latino, Asian, and immigrant organizations will hold a news conference at the Downtown Islamic Center to protest what the groups say is “hate-filled” rhetoric about Muslims by Illinois Republican congressional candidate Kurt Eckhardt.
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