Letter: Here’s to hoping Zieve can cast off his fear

Apr 05, 2017

The Beacon’s March 29 article on Peter Zieve (“Electroimpact’s Zieve says he’s victim of state’s probe,” Nicholas Johnson) was very informing.

I am a retired cinematographer and director. In more than 30 years, I had the opportunity to experience diverse cultures and viewpoints, both at home and abroad.

Mr. Zieve considers himself the victim in the state’s case of discrimination. There are many victims in this case, and Mr. Zieve, despite his protestations, is not one of them.

The citizens of Mukilteo, his employees, Americans of the Muslim faith, and all of us bear the burden and the damage for Mr. Zieve’s actions.

When I traveled, I was open to new viewpoints, and also found common ground in our humanity. And, I found that there is more the people of the world share together than what makes us different. I have found this in the arid desert landscape of the Middle East and the frozen tundra of the Arctic.

I am happy that Mr. Zieve and Mr. Khan have been meeting. It is my hope that Mr. Zieve can find in his soul the same openness to the world I have found, and cast off his fear and ignorance.


Erich Volkstorf
Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Apr 17, 2017 00:29

If you have traveled the world you must know, nearly 90,000 of the faithful Christians and other minority religious groups were killed for their beliefs in violent and gruesome attacks last year, according to a report by the Center for Studies on New Religions, making Christians the most persecuted group in the world. While some were killed as part of state-sanctioned persecution, as in places like North Korea, nearly one-third of the Christians who died in 2016 were executed at the hands of Islamic extremists like ISIS.

The study also found that as many as 600 million Christians were prevented from practicing their faith in 2016.

"There are many places on Earth where being a Christian is the most dangerous thing you can be.

As well, there always seems to be a dialogue about bringing Muslims and Christians together by Mr. Kahn...that I find to be racist....there are many other religions, including Hindu, Buddhists, Judaism, Yazidis, who are persecuted by Muslim majority countries....once thriving, and now down to 2%, expected to be extinct in a few years if the trend continues.

I ask that these Muslim majority countries be as open to other religious groups as the US is expected to be.  Why do 7 majority Muslim countries ban Jews from Israel?  It's a give and take, and I don't see a fairness here.


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