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Terrorists are to Blame for the Attacks on Paris, not Muslims

The Harbinger

Jennifer Perez

For the second time this  year, Parisians held candlelight vigils for those who fell victim to the terrorist attacks of ISIS. This time they were paying respects to the 129 victims of the November 13 attacks. The rest of the world stood by them, lighting their cities with France’s colors when the City of Lights went dark.  

While the world showed solidarity with France, there was a predictable, islamophobic reaction by some against Muslims and refugees fleeing their own terrorized countries. Islamic extremists were responsible for the attacks in Paris- not Muslims. Whether the attacks on Paris were motivated by religion or not, these were acts of terror, not the acts of a whole religion.

Though many associate those who practice Islam with terrorism, most terrorist attacks aren’t actually motivated by religion, but by the belief that nations should be separated by a certain heritage and that…

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