Letter: Extreme views receive a platform

Pamela Geller holds a demonstration outside the Nassau

Pamela Geller holds a demonstration outside the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights in Mineola. (April 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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It is with sadness and dismay that I read that the Chabad of Great Neck gave Pamela Geller a platform to spew her anti-Islam hatred ["Hundreds attend talk," News, April 15].

I am extremely proud of my association with good, beautiful Muslim people. Sadly, every group has radicals and extremists. Conversely, every group has a majority of kind, good people whose main desire is to provide the necessities for their families and loved ones.

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To those sign-carrying protesters saying, "Say no to Sharia law," I also say no to Haredi (ultra Orthodox Jewish law). Both are extreme. I choose to live in a democracy, not a theocracy. Let's work on building coalitions and bridges between all faiths.

Joseph M. Varon, West Hempstead

Editor's note: The writer is the past president of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council.


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