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The video attempts to educate

On Oct. 6, WDAY Channel 6 News ran a report about Muslim and other women who are upset about the message of a DVD that was included in the Oct. 5 Forum titled "Obsession." The women said the video does not accurately depict the Muslim religion. I...

On Oct. 6, WDAY Channel 6 News ran a report about Muslim and other women who are upset about the message of a DVD that was included in the Oct. 5 Forum titled "Obsession." The women said the video does not accurately depict the Muslim religion. I disagree.

Throughout the video, the narrator specifically and emphatically notes that radical Muslim extremists are a small faction of Muslims and are not typical of most Muslims. He specifically mentions that most Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding citizens who are as dismayed by the actions of extremists as anyone.

As a Christian, I am more than willing to live in peace and harmony with all peoples, including Muslims. However, I am not willing to sit by and watch this country be destroyed, and my rights as a Christian and an American along with it.

The women jumped to conclusions that are simply not true, then publicly voiced their grievances. That is their right. Unfortunately, their comments could be fodder for inciting further distrust and animosity within their own Muslim community between their religion/race/culture and the "typical" American.

It is time for each of us to put aside our ethnic, racial or religious differences and join forces to defend America. I am not implying all people must embrace any religion or culture other than their own - far from it. I am saying that all diverse communities must work and fight together as collective Americans to remain a free and democratic America, or we will fall.

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The "Obsession" video is trying to educate Americans that Jihad (holy war) has come to America. Radical groups are no longer just in foreign countries but are now all over America holding public rallies and calling for "Death to America." Yes, they have a right to free speech. And I have a right not to stand by and watch them take over one person at a time.

It is no longer going to be OK to just sit back and let the chips fall where they may or to let someone else take care of the situation. Americans have become complacent and fearful of speaking up when our rights or even national security is in jeopardy for fear of being labeled "politically incorrect." This could be our downfall.

Again, and this is just my opinion, if these women and the people they represent are peaceful, law-abiding American citizens who cling to the ideals of a democratic America, they have no choice but to support the war on terror and terrorists. That includes accepting that the terrorists happen to be Muslim. The peace-loving Muslim's way of life is being threatened as well. Educating America as to who the terrorists are and how they operate is part of supporting the war on terror.

I do not hate these women for speaking their mind. I admire them. It was their fearlessness to speak up that gave me the courage to write. However, I do not agree with what they are saying and implying.

I hope you have had an opportunity to watch the video and make your own determination.

Thank you for allowing me to let off steam. I can no longer allow a small minority of people have the last word on serious issues that also affect me and my family. I can no longer refrain from speaking up for my beliefs and my rights.

Blaine lives in Frazee, Minn.

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