I am ashamed to say this but there was a time when I hated Muslims. The really sad part is that I was a Southern conservative Bible-believing evangelical/charismatic Christian minister when I hated them the most. God used a little Muslim boy to get me back on the path of following Jesus and loving my neighbors. Even if they happen to be Muslims.
When I was young I used to think that I could separate the Confederate flag and my love of Civil War history from the darkness of the slavery issue that actually led to the war. Some of my Southern friends who also wanted to sanitize the Confederate flag and the heritage associated with it would appeal to the South succeeding over states rights. It would become clearer as I grew up that the number one states right the South was fighting for was the right to own slaves. As as young man, I was so naive. Here is a blog with a little bit of my story. I hope you find it helpful.