Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic


On September 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic published Steven Prothero's editorial, "Intolerance deeply rooted in ignorance of religions." It read, in part: "Times like these no doubt call for tolerance. All Americans need to be reminded that we are a nation not only of immigrants but also of religions, that Muslims and Sikhs are as welcome here as are Protestants, Catholics and Jews. But such times also call for education. What killed Balbir Singh Sodhi on Saturday wasn't just vengeance. It was ignorance. And if we want to avoid similar killings in the future we would do well not only to teach our children tolerance but also to teach them some basic information about the world's religions."