Letter to the editor: A few cartoons won’t bring down Islam, so why the violence?

To the editor: Muslims who attack people who create images critical of Islam and the prophet Muhammad are overestimating the influence of these images. (“Texas attack refocuses attention on fine line between free speech and hate speech,” May 4)

With a cursory Web search, I can find artwork critical of Islam and Muhammad dating back at least to the Renaissance, and yet Islam is a very strong religion today with about 1.5 billion followers. There were only 200 people who attended the event in Texas, and Charlie Hebdo has a circulation of only 60,000.

Islam has demonstrated that it can withstand criticism. Thus, I think would-be attackers should look at the big picture and realize that in general their religion is doing fine.

Greg Dahlen, Glendale

Source (LA Times).