When I was growing up in Manchester, I don’t think Augusta had a mosque or many Muslims at all, much less the growing community of Iraqi immigrants now calling Kennebec County home. But we do now, and I’m glad they have found their way to my home.

The beauty and piety I have seen in Islam have often inspired me. And of course here you can practice whatever religion you want, a right of which we must often remind ourselves and always protect. I hope they have every chance to succeed in America, just as my father did when he came here from England in the 1950s.

The president’s ban on travelers and immigrants from some Muslim countries seems wrong to me, as the son of an immigrant. And as an American, I know that it is contrary to our country’s laws and our heritage of religious freedom.

Mathew Scease


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