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Posted at 7:39 PM ET, 11/ 1/2010

Muslim Moms group shouldn't give up

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Lonnie C. Rich
Alexandria

Regarding the Oct. 30 article "Hip Muslim Moms group undone by D.C. Metro bomb plot":

I was saddened to read about the disbanding of the mother's group because one of the members is the spouse of the man charged in the subway bombing plot. I hope the members of this group will regroup, endure the current discomfort and carry on.

We need community in every form. It is our glue. Though it sometimes brings out the worst in individuals, community also has the greatest potential to bring out the best in us. We all somewhat share in the sins of our fathers and families, and the faults of our friends and our community. But ultimately, we are only responsible for what we do as individuals. As an old white guy who happens to be a Baptist and from the Deep South, I could justify withdrawing from almost any organization in which I am involved -- there is the hatred and violence spawned by slavery, and the evil done by Christians in the name of God historically is enough to turn anyone's stomach. I am also a lawyer, and some lawyers have stolen from clients, abused or neglected this relationship and lied to judges. But I have kept my bar membership.

We should all know that it isn't the religion, the race, the region or the profession that is to blame. Blame is ultimately about what each individual deserves. All of us deserve some blame for our transgressions; others a lot. Have some Muslims done terrible things in the name of their religion? Yes. So have some Catholics, Protestants, Baptist and Jews. It is the same for attorneys, political leaders and some people from Wyoming, Texas and New York.

Just because a PTA treasurer -- let alone the spouse of the treasurer -- embezzles money, doesn't mean we disband the PTA. Don't disband the Muslim Moms group.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | November 1, 2010; 7:39 PM ET
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Comments

Why don't they start a new group dedicated to fighting Islamic terror? Or is that not hip?

Posted by: JamesMeeker | November 2, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Rich: I fully agree that the group should not disband. This group indicates one good reason why the terrorists will never win - the average muslim is not like them. And with your write-up, you provide another excellent reason why the terrorists will never win - the average American is a big hearted person who understands this difference.

Mr. Meeker: The group was fighting Islamic terror the best way they could - by doing something constructive and positive. Or do you suggest those moms go looking for Ben Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan?

Posted by: Tahmed32 | November 2, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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