Lewis Diuguid

Anti-Islam rally in Germany sends a troubling message

Demonstrators on Monday hold signs with the victims of the Paris terror attack during a rally of the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA in Dresden, eastern Germany.
Demonstrators on Monday hold signs with the victims of the Paris terror attack during a rally of the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA in Dresden, eastern Germany. The Associated Press

The unfortunate thing about the mass killings that occurred in Paris at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere is that such faith-inspired violence causes others to overreact.

That’s what’s occurred in Germany, where thousands of people gathered at an anti-Islam rally in Dresden on Monday. Like the United States, Europe hasn’t reacted well to waves of immigrants arriving on that continent — many of them Muslim.

It is too easy to blame all people who worship Islam for the violent acts of a few radicals. People need to think before being drawn into reacting rashly.

In the spirit of the upcoming birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which is celebrated on Jan. 19 in the United States and in other parts of the world, people need to focus on peace, inclusiveness and understanding instead of hatred and creating barriers for others.

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