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Letter to the Editor: Hate Groups Make Me Want to Leave SC

A reader responds to story about hate groups in South Carolina.

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

JoSCh August 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
You should post a link to your kkk groups website as educational material about black people.
Right Here August 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
SD: Fair enough (I guess). I understand what you might think, what you've heard, or how you "feel", but could you point out just what on the site is not fact based?
Karen H. August 18, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Our Founding Fathers did not use the word God in the declaration of Independence, and the only mention of religion in the constitution is to keep religion out of government. And the motto "In God We Trust" was put on our coins amid the anti-Red scares of the 1950's.....it did not originate with the Founding Fathers. And btw, I think you mean "divided we fall..."
Shawn Drury August 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
RH - The site cherry picks information and identifies violence that suits its own point of view (and it's far from the only website that does that). From my point of view, and I'm speaking for myself only, I have problems with any organization--religious, sectarian, whatever--that uses violence to further its agenda. It's true that there are violent factions of Islam. But there are also violent extremists in most any large organization. To identify one as being more violent than another is dishonest. If I started a website that listed all the times a Ford was involved in a car crash, you'd think Ford's are dangerous and you'd be nuts to buy one. All of the information on my website is true and fact-based, but I just leave out the fact 99.9 percent of Fords actually aren't in crashes. Nor do I mention any other cars. My site is fact-based, but it's not honest.
Money Loo August 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Be careful Gary Lee White....the bibles will hear you..

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