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Letters to the editor: Tuesday September 13, 2011

‘Islamicism.’ It was irresponsible for the leader of the nation to use arhetoric language against a marginalized community at a time whenemotions are high and bigotry against them is at its peak.

‘Islamicism.’ It was irresponsible for the leader of the nation to use a rhetoric language against a marginalized community at a time when emotions are high and bigotry against them is at its peak.

Stephen Harper did not choose his words carefully when he said to CBC that the most imminent and biggest threat the country is facing is “Islamicism.”

He has used the language of fear that is based on the preconceived notion that Muslims are enemies from within whom everyone should be careful of and guard against.

Unlike Mr. Obama who had organized a breakfasting event at the White House during Ramadan and made it clear to the nation in his speech that “Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes, including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child.... There in the towers where they worked together, they came together for daily prayers and meals at iftar.”

Harper has used a language that divides them further.

Abubakar N. Kasim,Toronto