Volume 95, Issue 10

Tuesday, September 18, 2001
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A history to be proud of?

Undeserved harassment

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Tolerance time

Undeserved harassment

Re: "Fears arise in local Muslim community," Sept. 14

To the Editor:

In the wake of the recent tragic events in the United States, I am saddened by the response of some Londoners. While contending with the horror that befell our neighbours to the south, I am sickened that some individuals feel further hate is the answer to dealing with the hurt and anger.

The recent reports of harassment on Muslims in our community is as disgusting as the initial act of terrorism itself. To wrongfully persecute all people of Islamic belief is narrow-minded and archaic.

We pride ourselves on being a loving, diverse society. Where is the love and acceptance now?

Let us not allow the horrendous acts of a few fringe fanatics to cloud our judgment. To turn on our fellow countrymen, regardless of colour, creed or religion is exactly the trap I believe the terrorists intended.

I appeal to all Canadians to rise above the atrocity of the attacks and prove to those who would seek to rip apart the unity of our Western nations that such a feat is not possible.

Let us stand united in the face of such a threat. There is no room on this campus, in London or Canada for bitterness, hate or alienation.

Deborah Atkinson

Special Student

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