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Letter: Offended by article on disgraced chaplain

To the Editor:

We are mystified about the front page article that appeared in the Chronicle on Saturday, March 31.

Why did the Chronicle choose to write a long feature story about Michael Dickey? Was it because he calls himself a devout Christian, who is fulfilling ‘God's work,’ as the headline declares? Or because he pleaded guilty to hurling an anti-Muslim insult at a woman as he tried to pull off her head scarf at Walmart last November?

Dickey offers lame excuses for his behavior, but nowhere in the article does he apologize to the woman. He said that he’'s been hurt personally and that the incident “got all this publicity and "it just crucified me."” The article gives considerable space to his plans to work as a chaplain at homes for the elderly. Seriously.

We are offended by this article, both on behalf of his victim and the many people in DeKalb who believe in the right of people to express their religious beliefs and customs without fear of being accosted.

Deborah and Colin Booth

DeKalb

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