Readers React: Islam remains misunderstood 17 years after 9/11

Readers React: Islam remains misunderstood 17 years after 9/11
An interfaith prayer vigil for victims of the 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris, Beirut, Egypt and Iraq was organized by the Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of PA and the Muslin Association of the Lehigh Valley. (MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO)

Since the 2016 election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been an increase in hate groups in the U.S. due to the actions of the current president.

White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups have been emboldened and there has been an uptick in divisiveness, bigotry and Islamophobia. Both Jews and Muslims face increased prejudice and attacks.

Seventeen years after 9/11, there remains much ignorance and misunderstanding about Islam.

One of the lingering perceptions is that American Muslims have not expressed enough outrage and condemnation about these horrific attacks on our nation.

The mass media have failed to present Islam accurately, when it is the responsibility of media to portray all religions accurately, without bias.

Mohammed Khaku

Upper Macungie Township

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