Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Muslims aren't the only fundamentalists in S. Asia

In your Oct. 24 editorial "Playing Cricket in South Asia," you mention that it is essential that the Kashmir dispute be resolved in order to bring peace to the region and rid Pakistan of militants who use Kashmir as a reason for existing. This is true, but I find it unfortunate that you neglected to mention the many militant radicals in India who use Kashmir to justify their policies and actions. For example, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad routinely calls for the Hinduization of all Indians. They have openly exhorted Hindus to destroy mosques and churches, and to kill Christians and Muslims who facilitate the conversion of Hindus.

Other Hindu organizations, like the Hindutva Brigade and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, have similar, if not more repugnant, aims. Also, British officials put the blame for last year's Gujarat massacre (in which about 2,000 Muslims and Christians were killed) squarely on the shoulders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which is backed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

I hope more attention will be paid to ensuring that not just Muslims are painted as violent fundamentalists. Tayyab Khan Chicago

A 'skewed sense' of African-Americans

Regarding your Oct. 27 article "Hip-hop product portrayals divide black community": Your article highlighted some of the complex issues facing the African-American community with regard to its media image and the hip-hop culture. However, I am disappointed with the article's lack of critique of the deeper racial issues that continue to tear our country apart.

White racist ideology has served to manipulate and promote a very specific image of black rap artists. Our white-controlled media provide limited images of minorities - nearly all of which fulfill existing stereotypes of violence, misogyny, and disarray.

Without a spectrum of positive minority images, mainstream America is left with a skewed sense of the richness and soul of the African-American community. Lydia Perez-Carpenter Coral Springs, Fla.

Freecycle groups just getting started

Regarding your Oct. 27 article "The new junkyard: It's online and free": As the comoderator of the Kansas City Freecycle Network, I was thrilled to see your piece on the freecycle movement. …

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