Dear Nonie Darwish,
I read your article and I empathized with your experienced as a child.
I could't agree more how could a " religion of Peace" be so hateful'
I am from India, had a very similar experienced. We were/are braught up to hate and despise Hindue,Sikhs, Christians and Jews as well. We are told to be muslim first and loyalty with Islamic Country ( Pakistan). This teaching did not help for the muslim minority, we were/are being doubted to our loyalty with mother country, thay are right, as majority of us always rooted Pakistan in conflicts and even rooted in sports,etc. Arabic is not our even second language, memorisation of Suras and able to read without understanding that best we could do. We were denied real Islamic History and Hadiths. Lot of censorship was in effect and not even allowed to asked ? about the fate of non-muslims( Hell) and why?. As we grow up with other Hindue and Christian friend, frienship stopped after leaving School, we were/ are not allowed to visit nonmuslims ( Kafir) home nor they could visit us. There are many other thing as you know well...
(name withheld at request)