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Re: “With federal investigations ongoing, Charleston is not immune to anti-Semitic threats

Hi Lynnar,

I'm British and on vacation in Charleston. I stumbled across your comments whilst looking at restaurant articles.

You seem to have read a lot of false information - 'Mohammed" isn't the most popular baby name in the UK. (Not that there would be anything inherently wrong with that. The UK is a largely secular country - although historically/culturally Christian, belief in God/churchgoing is relatively scarce. The country is tolerant of religion, though, which applies as much to Muslims as it does to Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jewish people etc.)

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/dec/01/muhammad-not-most-popular-boys-name-in-britain

On the subject of anti-Semitism, my wife and son are Jewish, and have never encountered any in the UK. That's not to say it doesn't exist, and of course it is deplorable in any form, but you are greatly exaggerating the situation. There were 1024 incidents in the most recent year, which is an unacceptable number, but it must remembered that these incidents include social media posts, graffiti etc. It's *because* anti-Semitism is taken so seriously in the UK (and other northern-European countries) that these figures exist and even the smallest of incidents is (rightly) included. Some right-wing outlets will try to conflate pro-Palestinian sentiment with anti-Semitism, which may skew your impression. Of course, there are many Jewish people in Israel who favour a two-state solution. Anyway, my point here is you have been given an entirely wrong impression by suggesting that northern Europe is descending into a Neo-Nazi dystopia.

On Sweden, the misrepresentation of the country has been covered extensively elsewhere. The way you describe Malm is inaccurate. I lived in Sweden for a long time, and Swedes are (by and large) proud to be an open country which welcomes those in need. That's not to say it's a country without problems, but show me one that is, at any point in history. This is a good debunking of the immigration/rape correlation myth. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1soqk97

I love America. My wife and her family are American. But this 'greatest country' in the world mentality sounds a lot like jingoism. By what metric? Economically? What about other equally (or more) important factors? Happiness? Quality of life? Health of population? Gap between rich and poor? Violence? Education?

Love the place you live, try to fix the things you don't like, but there is no such thing as 'the greatest country on earth'. America falls a long way down the list on many of the things mentioned above, and is wonderful in so many other ways.

I wrote this reply because you stated a lot of things about the part of the world I call home as fact, when they're not. Posting stuff like this on the internet makes the world seem like a worse and more scary place than it is.

I've enjoyed visiting your beautiful city.

Posted by Jamie Broadbent on April 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM
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