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Religious Extremists Are Seen in All Faiths

November 21, 2002

Re Christopher Plourde's Nov. 18 letter, "Does Bin Laden Speak on Behalf of Islam?": Does Baruch Goldstein speak on behalf of all Jews? Of course not.

Muslim clerics and Muslim nations the world over have condemned -- and continue to condemn -- Osama bin Laden in the strongest possible terms (see groups.colgate.edu/aarislam /response.htm). The media, unfortunately, report only those sensational comments made by a handful of fringe elements.

Islam, like all religions, is not immune to extremism. It is unfair to generalize that 1.3 billion of the world's population somehow support terrorism.

Sabiha Khan

Media Relations, Council

on American-Islamic

Relations, So. California

Anaheim

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