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LETTER: Srebrnik’s opinions not wanted


I commend the Journal Pioneer for publishing Zain Esseghaier's reasoned and well researched rebuttal ("Real Problems Revolve Around Social Issues," Dec. 14, 2016) to professor Henry Srebrnik's column of Dec. 5. ("The No-Go Bastions Inside European Cities.")

Professor Srebrnik, riding the swelling wave of Islamophobia and intolerance that he has surfed for so many years, tries to lay the social ills of Europe at the feet of Muslim immigrants and refugees. Esseghaier's thoughtful response shows how ill-informed this view is.

My question is this: why does the Journal Pioneer continue to publish professor Srebrnik's weekly Islamophobic rants?

We live in frightening times. The forces of fear, intolerance, scapegoating and division are ascendant and we have yet to see the worst of it. South of our border, a racist, mendacious buffoon and serial groper is about to claim the highest office in the land while a rogue's gallery of corporate criminals and climate change deniers slouch towards Washington to take their place on his staff. Now more than ever the voices of reason, compassion and tolerance need to be heard. The Journal-Pioneer should do the right thing and cancel professor Srebrnik's column.      

Michael Irvine

Summerside

Professor Srebrnik, riding the swelling wave of Islamophobia and intolerance that he has surfed for so many years, tries to lay the social ills of Europe at the feet of Muslim immigrants and refugees. Esseghaier's thoughtful response shows how ill-informed this view is.

My question is this: why does the Journal Pioneer continue to publish professor Srebrnik's weekly Islamophobic rants?

We live in frightening times. The forces of fear, intolerance, scapegoating and division are ascendant and we have yet to see the worst of it. South of our border, a racist, mendacious buffoon and serial groper is about to claim the highest office in the land while a rogue's gallery of corporate criminals and climate change deniers slouch towards Washington to take their place on his staff. Now more than ever the voices of reason, compassion and tolerance need to be heard. The Journal-Pioneer should do the right thing and cancel professor Srebrnik's column.      

Michael Irvine

Summerside

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