Jan Morgan, an Arkansas resident, recently declared her shooting range a Muslim free zone. She attempts to bolster her argument utilizing nonsensical statistics and grossly misinterpreted ideology. I'm not sure who her fact-checking source is but if I had to venture a guess I'd say it is the Westboro Baptist Church. As a fellow Arkansan I simply feel the need to apologize on behalf of our unfriendly neighborhood bigot Jan.
To the rest of the United States,
Please don't judge everyone in The Natural State based on the actions and speech of a single hatemonger. If you could find it within yourselves to do me another favor then I would likewise ask for you to pity Jan Morgan. She deserves our compassion because she is an individual riddled with fear and ignorance. She is currently uneducated of the misdeeds of any other religion but Islam. Her inability to look beyond the radical minority of a single faith will isolate her from a plethora of good, honest people. Unfortunately her disposition will keep her saddled within the same spheres thereby perpetuating this cycle of hatred. We must not mirror her hatred and ignorance but engage with compassion and understanding.
Please don't judge the rest of my state based on the words of our minority. She has not shared the same privilege to work alongside people of different backgrounds as I have. As science is the universal language, I've had the opportunity to meet people from: Turkey, India, South Korea, China, Ghana, Lebanon, Israel, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Japan, England, Australia, Jordan, Canada, Spain and Germany. These people are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindi, Buddhist, Atheist, etc. and they are some of the most decent, earnest, and kind individuals one could hope to encounter.