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The threat of radical Islam is real

May 17. 2017 9:44PM

To the Editor: In your May 11 issue, there appeared a story about a presentation given at the Durham Public Library by Robert Azzi. His essays have appeared frequently in another New Hampshire newspaper.

It was described as a “conversation” with opportunity for the audience to ask questions about Mr. Azzi’s Muslim faith and also primarily about “being an American Muslim.”

Mr. Azzi spoke of the “boogeyman” in reference to ISIS. My dictionary defines a “bogy,” “bogey,” or “bogi” as a “hobgoblin,” anything that haunts, frightens or harasses — a real or imagined barrier that must be overcome.

In my opinion, and I believe, in the minds of the vast majority of Americans, ISIS is far more than a “boogeyman.”

Where Muslims are in a minority, as in the U.S.A., they are predominantly peaceful. It is a totally different thing in Muslim-majority nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia. In those countries, Christians and Jews are not just harassed, they are frequently beaten and killed, their houses of worship destroyed.



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