Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Quran

Feb.
22nd

ISLAM: U.S. should disengage from culture we can’t change

Some Afghans recently protested the burning of the Quran at a U.S. base in Afghanistan (TNT, 2-22). The Afghans take things such as this very seriously and are devout Muslims. Recently, an Afghan man strangled his wife because she gave birth to a third daughter rather than a hoped-for son. Yet no Afghan Muslims were protesting in the streets regarding this murder.

We are wasting our efforts in trying to change the Afghans and other Muslims. They are rooted firmly in the 7th century, and there is no way a Western (and, in Muslim eyes, Christian) nation can change

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April
11th

RELIGION: Jesus also could sound inflammatory

Re: “Quran quotes: Misreadings of Scripture?” (letter, 4-10).

The writer compared a verse from the Quran and the New Testament to prove that Islam is not a religion of peace. But he forgot to consider, as in the case of the prophet Muhammad, the importance of narrative context, interpretation as well as historical events at the time of the writing.

With that thought in mind, consider some of the words of Jesus:

“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.” (Luke 12: 49)

“Do you suppose that I came to give peace

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April
5th

QURAN QUOTES: Misreadings of Scripture?

A recent letter writer equated Muhammad and Jesus, asserting both were only teaching a pathway.

The problem is the nature of their respective paths. At the risk of being accused of cherry picking, in the Quran (Surah 2:191) Muslims are told, “…kill them where ever you find them…; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.”

Compare that to Jesus’s path (Matthew 26:52), “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Read both books, and determine for yourself which path leads to peace.

April
5th

QURAN: Let’s have a day of universal offending

I have been reading various columns and letters about burning the Quran and the resulting killings. Gosh, pretty extreme reaction, but there may be a solution.

I have an idea to desensitize the world’s population and promote world peace … as Rodney King so eloquently asked, “Can’t we all just get along?”

My idea is for world leaders to agree on one day and designate that day each year when everyone around the world will burn a Bible, Quran, Torah, Tibetan Book of the Dead, or other sacred text.

Then they would draw a picture of Mohammad, Jesus, Abraham, the

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April
1st

ISLAM: Wars fueled by hostile misreadings of scripture

Re: “Stop cherry-picking alarming quotes from the Quran” (Leonard Pitts column, 3-29).

So much of what was said can be applied to Rep. Peter King, R-NY, and his ongoing witch hunt to seek the “traitors” within our country that believe in Islam.

So much like the 1950s McCarthy witch hunt for all those “communists” within society, King finds little more than his own selected, and convoluted interpretations of readings from the Quran to fortify his persecution and accusations against Islam.

Islam had the prophet Muhammad much as Christianity had the teachings of Jesus to follow. Jesus did not teach man

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Sep.
24th

RELIGION: Treat Muslims as their law dictates

Re: “Jail limits religion, lawsuit suggests” (9-23).

This lawsuit is absurd. These men were convicted of second-degree murder.

They say that they are being unfairly treated as Muslims. As I read it, as per Muslim law, they should be killed the same way that they killed others.

They want to be treated as Muslims? Treat them as Muslims as per the Koran: “It is permissible to slay the murderer the same way he slew his victim(s), or to punish the aggressor the same way he violated his victim:”

Sep.
9th

QURAN: Enough hate on 9/11 anniversary

Nine years after we were attacked by cowards without the decency to face us and fight, I’m still angry. I can never forget the images of the destruction or the faces of people desperately searching for information on their loved ones.

Now I have more to be angry about: a “Christian” minister who plans to light a match to the powder keg of intolerance by burning Qurans. The Quran details the life and teaching of the Prophet Mohammed, much like the New Testament details the life and teaching of Jesus. here are no instructions for flying jumbo jets or building

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Sep.
8th

QURAN: Don’t blame Christianity

I sincerely hope that Christianity as a whole is not judged by the actions of the small, misguided group in Gainesville, Fla., who would burn copies of the Quran to make a statement. The ones who would take or even tacitly condone such action are no less frightening than those who would do harm to our country.

As to why the Republican leaders aren’t taking a stand on the issue, to me it seems perfect plausible (and probable) that they believe the burning is “the right thing to do.” To me, it’s deplorable, dishonorable and disrespectful. In fact, it

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