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Halloween and American Muslims
By Ramah Kudaimi

Response to Southwest News-Herald's "American Muslims Sending Mixed Messages on Bigotry"

Ray Hanania uses the fear some American Muslims have concerning Halloween as a chance to categorize all Muslims as bigots who are “anti-American and anti-Christian” (“American Muslims sending mixed messages on bigotry,” Oct. 27). It makes one wonder what he would label Christians who also have trouble with this holiday.

A few days before Halloween, the Italian Papaboys, a Catholic group, urged fellow Christians not to take part because they consider it “a party in honor of Satan and hell.” Are they now anti-Christian?

There are Muslims who have a genuine dislike for this holiday. Their reasons for not participating vary. Hanania seems to ignore all these factors and only stresses since there are some organizations who see this as a holiday of evil, then all Muslims who do not go out and trick or treat must be displaying the attitude that they are better than everyone else.

Hanania does nothing in his column but offend Muslims and anyone who may not want to partake in this certain holiday. By calling on Muslims to “at least pretend to be real Americans” and celebrate Halloween, he has degraded what it means to be an American, reducing it to only stuffing oneself with candy. Any person who does not partake in Halloween is no longer an American, he concludes.

Yes, there are Muslims who are prejudiced. But this has absolutely nothing to do with their stance on Halloween. Hanania should know better than to use one attitude against one holiday as a means to discriminate against others.

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