A Jan. 26 letter titled “Totally different” indicates that David Brooks of the New York Times hit a nerve in a recent column.

It is unreasonable to lump everyone who might believe in Christ with homegrown extremists who claim to represent God. How many times have we asked Christian believers to defend their faith as we are now asking Muslims to do?

Did we ask when many of us watched in horror what Eric Rudolph (Army of God) did?

Did we ask when Dr. George Tiller was killed in the lobby of his own church in Kansas?

Did we ask when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Fed. Building in Oklahoma?

White supremacist groups such as the Rebel Knights of the KKK claim to have roots in Christianity.

Currently, there are 939 known hate groups, many claiming a faith-based belief, operating across our country.

Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 56 percent.

The notion that we need to be afraid of Muslims is insane and only fuels the flame of these hate groups.

Jan H. O’Loughlin

Marvin Avenue

Charleston