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Letters: Islamic State will not conquer the West

Smoke rises over destroyed Islamic State positions following

Smoke rises over destroyed Islamic State positions following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike, as Iraqi security forces enter the heavy damaged downtown Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Credit: AP

The Islamic State can chop off heads, rape and kill while using social media to urge others to do the same. It might inspire some to do what was done at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida [“Terror strikes a nightclub,” News, June 13].

ISIS will never conquer the West or the United States. Of the billions of Muslims, only a few are devoted to radical acts. Blaming all Muslims for the acts of a few is a demagogue’s bread and butter. Such people seek power through fearmongering and fomenting hatred.

Among three suspects in mass shootings — Dylann Roof, Adam Lanza and Orlando shooter Omar Mateen — only Mateen was a Muslim. However, Roof is accused of calmly killing church members at a Bible study, and Lanza slaughtered schoolchildren in Connecticut.

Gun-rights advocates and Republican supporters of Donald Trump do not support banning Christians from entering the country or question their religious beliefs.

How easy it is to blame and encourage fear and hatred of those who seem different. It is shameful that the National Rifle Association opposes sensible gun guidelines, Republicans cave in to the extremists, and Trump depends upon fear of terrorists to increase his chances.

Ed Horn, Baldwin


I applaud yesterday’s news headline, “Act of terror and an act of hate.” While everyone’s focus is on the Islamic State-related part of this horrendous act, this was an assault on the LGBT community, plain and simple. I applaud Sen. Chuck Schumer for bringing this to the forefront.

Fred Tylutki, Kings Park


Forty-nine poor souls were killed in the club in Orlando by a crazed gunman with an assault rifle, and before anyone had the facts, Donald Trump was on the air waves spouting his usual hate talk. Is there any end to the insensitivity of this man?

As I watched reports on TV, I was struck by the outpouring of love and support, and the long lines of people giving blood regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation. That is the American way, and we should not let haters define us.

Ann Leahy, Wantagh


The killings in Orlando are just horrible. The media continue to refer to these events as tragedies, which the dictionary says is a sad or fatal event. In fact, the Orlando event should be called an atrocity, which the dictionary describes as a savagely brutal, cruel or wicked act.

Joe Giacoponello, Garden City