We don’t print a lot of mail here at The City Paper, mainly for reasons of space. But the following piece of anonymous correspondence arrived this week, and well, you just have to read it. It’s a response to our July 30 cover story on Samar Ali and those in the tea party who are zealous about preventing what they perceive to be a Shariah camel trying to get its nose under our Tennessee tent.
While crazy letters have been sent to newspapers for as long as there have been editors, I think this one gets to a special level of ignorance about Muslims that exists in post-9/11 America. There’s an argument to be made not to publish bile like this, that you should never give hate a platform. But I would argue that letters like the one on this page should get a little light every now and then, because as Judge Louis Brandeis wrote, “Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” He was writing about financial disclosure, but it’s a pretty powerful tool against ignorance as well.
—Steve Cavendish, Editor
Reply to your July 30 edition (The City Paper, Vol 13 #31)
What are we so afraid of? Gee, how about having acid thrown in the faces of our daughters because their [sic] going to school!
OR how about getting our heads chopped off for refusing to be Muslims, as the 109! Versus [sic] in the Koran exhort the faithfull [sic] to do, in order to follow the teachings of Muhammed (the Father of Terrorists) (and also the husband of a 9 yr old girl!)
How about putting out an edition with the 109 “kill the infidel” verses reprinted.
Ali says “I know of no true religion that celebrates the loss of lifes [sic].” Oh yeah you lying raghead b****! Where do you think “SMITE THE INFIDEL” came from? Could it be those [sic] 109 verses from the Quran? This deceitfull raghead b**** says “they claim to be fundamentalist muslims (but) they are no religion at all.”
Is that why muslims on the street say to each other “First comes Saturday (kill the Jews), then comes Sunday (kill the Christians).” How about an artical [sic] about this particular Muslim saying?
You liberals are not only nieve [sic], I really believe you suffer from a mental desiease [sic]! You write B.S. like this article while thousands of your countrymen have been killed or crippled by these raghead psychopaths! You sit smug & comfortably secure smotting [sic] on your key boards grinding out progressive crap you can’t sell but have to give it away because no one would pay $ to buy it!
“What are they afraid of” you ask? How about counting up all the Jews and Christians that have been murdered, maimed or crippeled for life by your raghead buddies in the middel [sic] east. When I see your rag by the mail-boxes in my building I’m gonna throw ’em in the trash can from now on.
Mohammed was a mass murderer & a pedophile! Allah is an a******! You liberal s*** sacks!
P.S. The City Paper is not a paper stupid! It’s a magazine