Editorial

Let's end the abuse

Friday, September 23, 2016

We've seen American Muslims, parents of a war hero killed in action, disrespected by a presidential candidate.

That attitude is not isolated and even extends into the military. In March, Raheel Siddiqui, 20, a Pakistani-American Muslim from Taylor, Mich., died after jumping into a stairwell and falling 38 feet while at Marine boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. On the morning he died, he had asked his drill instructor for permission to go on sick call because he had been coughing up blood. The drill instructor thought Siddiqui was feigning illness and ordered him to run sprints in the barracks. After Siddiqui collapsed and began crying, the instructor slapped him in the face. That's when Siddiqui raced out and jumped.

What made the situation even more horrible was that the drill instructor was being investigated for abusing another Muslim recruit in the summer of 2015. That recruit was reportedly ordered into a large clothes dryer for repeated sessions of torture in an attempt to get the recruit to denounce his religion.

We need to treat our patriotic Muslim citizens with respect for a variety of reasons, primarily out of common decency.