To the editor:
It has been reported that the objectionable cartoons that have sparked this worldwide rioting by Muslims were fabricated by a Muslim cleric living in Denmark. They were first printed last September. The original photos that "cartoons" were devised from started in Italy. It is believed that the editor was trying to encourage artists to contribute art that would teach about Islam. This was reported on a broadcast by Roger Hedgecock, a talk show host and former mayor of San Diego.
One must ask, "Why the riots now and not in September?" It would seem that the cartoons are being used as an excuse to riot and further their terrorism. Why isn't this brought to people's attention more? Presently it is causing people to look more unfavorably toward Muslims, causing some innocent people to suffer.
To understand the Muslims' background it would be beneficial to read the commands, rules and law as found in Exodus through Deuteronomy. Those in the Middle East are related through Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and Esau. Reading their law, one can see the seriousness they feel in keeping the law plus the added traditions.
Margie A. Hinkle,