Letters to the Editor

Highlighting Ramadan on July Fourth was the right thing to do

The Mosque of Nasreen in San Luis Obispo hosted a dinner on the 27th night of Ramadan at the Ludwick Community Center in July 2016. No food or water was consumed during daylight, the fast is broken after sunset.
The Mosque of Nasreen in San Luis Obispo hosted a dinner on the 27th night of Ramadan at the Ludwick Community Center in July 2016. No food or water was consumed during daylight, the fast is broken after sunset. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

On July 6 , Jim Lemmon wrote (Letters, “Wrong way to mark Independence Day”) that The Tribune should be “ashamed” of itself for running a front-page feature on Muslims and Ramadan on July Fourth — American Independence Day.

On the contrary, I understood this editorial decision to be a message that there is no contradiction between being a Muslim celebrating Ramadan and being an American. This kind of xenophobia is hypocritical because we are a nation of immigrants built up as a multicultural and multireligious society.

We must not let hate and fear rule us and divide us, and we must reject prejudice and intolerance and accept the fact that someone does not need to be white and Christian to be an American.

I have plenty of friends who happen to be Muslims and they are just as patriotic and American as anyone else I know.

I applaud The Tribune for encouraging us to recognize our diverse community.

Margaret Bodemer, San Luis Obispo

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