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Protecting Muslims

Reader comment on item: [Hasan Akbar and] Murder in the 101st Airborne

Submitted by Avraham (United States), Mar 31, 2003 at 19:32

I attend a small American liberal arts college, and I constantly hear complaints that John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration are violating the civil liberties of Muslim citizens of America. My response: if they are violating Muslims' civil liberties, that's a good thing if it will protect us all. Many non-Muslims who support the Patriot Act say that they value their safety over the petty civil liberties of Muslims, but I say, what about the safety of those Muslims? Islamist terrorists have shown time and again that they have no compunction about killing fellow Muslims, so wouldn't ethnically profiling Muslim Americans, the vast majority of whom are not terrorists or even Islamists, protect Muslims just as much as it protects the rest of us?

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