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Shocking comments on mosque story | Letter

I can’t believe some of the prejudiced comments I read in the Seattle Times’ online comments section concerning the proposed construction of a mosque near Microsoft (Redmond Reporter, May 2).

I am Jewish and I support building the mosque. The United States has freedom of religion. There is no indication that the people supporting this project are extremists. The Muslim community provided the Easter meal to the severe weather shelters in Bellevue last month. That is part of Eastside Interfaith.

In the hope that the Muslim community will reach out to other religions, such as the Jewish community, in support of world peace and against extremism, we should support their efforts to build a house of worship. It will also make families feel less isolated and provide a means to help those in need.

As for the traffic, Microsoft produces the traffic on the weekdays. If the mosque members have services on weekends, they will create very little traffic in comparison to that.

The mosque members would also be able to reach that location on the 545 and B buses, so they don’t necessarily have to drive to get to events.

I am glad they have decided on a commercial area near Microsoft rather than tearing down trees in a residential neighborhood.

Linda Seltzer, Redmond



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