An as a hate-based organization prompted one reader to write Patch a letter. Maryam A. Al Fahyed, who said she is a Muslim, wrote the following:
"I was a bit upset with adding the Nation of Islam to the list of Hate Groups in SC! I am a Muslim (Sunni, not Nation) and I have to ask when was the last time you went into a N.O.I. mosque. The group has made a lot of changes and to speak on that group from statements made years ago can hurt a people badly. I know first hand how hard it been living in SC as an independent woman and having people spit or make dirty remarks at me when I have done nothing and I have never sided against the my country!. As I start to think about my future, looking at all the racist behavior here in SC has me looking to leave soon. Thank you for giving me the chance to say something!
Thank you,......truly mean it!
Maryam A. Al Fayed