Re "Anti-Semitic slurs spark new worries about Morsi" (Page A2, Jan. 15): No wonder the world mocks us. Where were the editors on this story and headline? They apparently can't tell a Semite without a scorecard.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi may have made anti-Israeli or anti-Jewish slurs, but he never made anti-Semitic slurs.
Morsi and his fellow Egyptians are Semites. Consensus among anthropologists and linguists is that "Semitic" refers to the language spoken, not ethnicity. Egyptians are an admixture of races, but the lingua franca is Arabic. That makes Egyptians Semites. Arabs, even those who have adopted Christianity, are Semites.
To claim that President Morsi is anti-Semitic is ludicrous.
-- Michael Mendershausen, El Dorado Hills