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Congratulations to the hundreds of people who came together to help stop the hate speaker Juan Guandolo from speaking in Onalaska Friday.

Although the event was canceled due to lacking insurance, it's likely that numerous phone calls from members of Shoulder To Shoulder Interfaith Network, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and other groups across Wisconsin caused officials to take a closer look at the hate group's paperwork. Combined with similar campaigns in Milwaukee and Green Bay that resulted in the "Understanding The Threat of Islam" hate rallies being canceled there, the entire tour was called off after only a single event in Des Moines.

The danger of anti-Muslim hate groups should not be underestimated.

Many of these people consider themselves "Christians" but have apparently never read the Sermon on the Mount or learned the lessons of hospitality and humility throughout the Bible.

They see themselves as fighting a "culture war" against Muslims in general, claiming that "the Global Islamic Movement" has "penetrated our American system at the local, state and national level."

These so-called "Christians," who now say that their first enemy is other Christians who are accepting of Muslims, fail to see the irony that their rhetoric parallels that of ultraconservative Islamists who attack moderate Muslims as "apostates" and "kafirs."

Kevin Hundt, La Crosse

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