I can’t believe what I read by Qanta A. Ahmed, a learned woman familiar with the ways of Islam and the countries that practice it [“Toward a plural democracy,” Opinion, Dec. 13].

First I say, congratulations on becoming an American. A few sentences later, she enraged me. She has the gall, with her freedom of speech under our Constitution, to write that Americans are losing our noble, liberal, secular democracy. She puts in digs against Donald Trump and the GOP, villainizing patriotic Americans.

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We are not so stupid as to be unable to differentiate between peaceful Muslims and terrorists. Nonetheless, that religion needs reform. Ahmed whitewashes Islam’s negatives while sprinkling some honey on top by claiming that it is Islamism, and not Islam, that is incompatible with democracy.

Gordon Tomei, Centerport