Your reference to “undermining their [Americans’] confidence in what the federal government is telling them” is a salient insight [“FBI’s censorship gave protection to no one,” Editorial, June 22].

It is extremely detrimental to defending ourselves that the government sought to deflect attention from the apparent link between Islamic extremism and the Orlando massacre. The government tried to make the major focus gun control. It is understandable that gun control is of concern, but not at the expense of ignoring Islamic extremism or radical Islam.

Not all Muslims are radical or extremists. But to throw a shield over radical Muslims and Islamic extremists is to handicap us in early identification of those who use Islam to inspire and justify terrorism.

Nathan Dodell, Great Neck

 

In his opinion piece, “Ramadan under a President Trump?” [June 20], Mohamed Elmenshawy decries the “xenophobic rants” of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s calls for a temporary ban on immigration from predominately Muslim countries.

While I truly believe that most American Muslims wish to live in peace with their neighbors, it’s clear that a small but violent radicalized minority has secreted itself among them. And while Donald Trump’s gruff remarks sometimes offend, he has struck a chord with the American people not from bigotry, but from a rational fear reinforced by each new attack by individuals who, like Omar Mateen, commit mass murder in the “name of God the merciful, the beneficent.”

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The simple fact is that, with the Islamic State pledging to infiltrate the ranks of refugees, Trump’s proposed solution seems more sane with each passing day.

Paul Dwyer, Nesconset