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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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Mason on misconduct

Sally Mason is at it again — minimizing a problem in Iowa City and the university community. I challenge her to use correct descriptions, rather than “sexual misconduct.”

Rape is rape. It should be referred to as such. Unwanted touching should be referred to as the assault it is. Beating and choking should also be referred to as assault.

I have noticed that when various Iowa City men get caught doing these attacks, they are charged with assault and sometimes attempted murder.

I wonder, do university men who do these things get arrested for assault? Or is it blown off with offers that the victim and perpetrator get together and mediate — which an absolutely insane idea.

Sally, why do you not get some courage and tell it like it really is?

— Mari Struxness

Online comment on ‘Prall: Targeted, alienated, then radicalized’

This is complete nonsense. Where is your evidence that Muslims are being denied “the privileges of being citizens of the United States?” What studies can you cite that show the radicalization of Muslims in the United States is in any way related to being “targeted, alienated, and profiled”? The fact is that the vast majority of hate crimes committed in this country target Jews. And yet, for some reason, we don’t see Jewish Americans flocking to terrorist organizations. Christians in most Muslim countries are denied the most basic human rights. And yet I can’t even think of one Christian terrorist organization in the Middle East. Excusing the behavior of these terrorists — as you are doing in this column — by saying “Well, it’s all our fault because we weren’t nice to them” is soft bigotry. You might as well say, “they’re just Arabs, what do you expect?” The fact is American citizens have bent over backwards to be accommodating to Muslims. They have complete freedom to practice Islam as they choose, despite the fact that their co-religionists in the Middle East accord no other religion that right. The problem is Islam. As the writer Sam Harris recently said, “Islam is the motherlode of bad ideas.” Islam needs to change.

— Steve Jergins

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