Letter: Painting with too broad a brush

A recent letter to the editor took the words of President Obama out of context and then went on to state that our president hates the nation of Israel [Sept. 28, "The president said what?"]. The vitriolic tirade is nothing more than the writer's long-running, invective and personal animus toward the president with no actual basis in fact.

The line "ISIS isn't Islamic" (incorrect since the president did not use ISIS) comes from the following statement: "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim."

The fact that a terrorist group has co-opted the name of the religion is not an indicator that all members of that religion are terrorists - a fact easily proven by the millions of Muslims who do not support terrorism in any form.

To extrapolate the writer's convoluted logic, we can make the case that Christians are Nazis because all Nazis were Christians. Or Christians are all terrorists because our home-grown terrorists - McVeigh, Nichols, et al - were Christians. Or Christians are all members of the KKK because the KKK is all Christians. Or all Christians are white supremacists because all white supremacists are Christians.

Making irresponsible jumps in logic to paint an entire religion as being terrorist because some members of that religion are terrorists demonstrates a poor construct of fact - unless one is attempting to denigrate a specific individual by misuse of his comments.

That's something we see all too frequently on the right.

Bob Moore

Lake Havasu City