Emily Nagle: Work towards equality


To the editor:

I found the article by Diana West in the Nov. 11 newspaper offensive. I’m not saying that Shariah is good by any means, however her article lets on that Islam is a violent religion. As someone with a bachelor’s in theology, I have not found that any religion is necessarily violent.

Instead it is the people who practice it and the way they interpret it. Some of my best friends are Muslim, and every Muslim in America that I have met are some of the most compassionate people I know. And I’ve met a lot of Christians who are the most violent people I know.

Shariah is just a form of law, and it can be used as something good and something bad. Disbanding it is not going to get those countries anywhere — it would be like throwing out common law.

Instead, it is more effective to work towards human equality. As Americans, we must remember that it took Christianity thousands of years to get where it is today, and there was not always gender and race equality — it’s not even equal now. There were not always peaceful behaviors (we mustn’t forget the Crusades).

While we do need to act in order to assure safety and a better quality of life to those who are suffering, we must also be patient and put our ethnocentricities aside.

Emily Nagle


JimBlevins 6 years, 5 months ago

If this is the first time that you have had a problem with Ms. West's editorials, you are a far more tolerant person than I. What neither of you mention is what I think most important -- the separation of church and state. This principal is not universally accepted and was not accepted for most of the history of Christianity. I hope that most people in this country now accept it as fact. From the United States constitution we have the first amendment; from Jesus Christ we have "give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and give unto God that which is God's".

While this country (in law) welcomes Muslim's, it gives Islam no special input into law let alone any power to define and execute its own law. I have not personally met any Muslim who has a problem with this. I have met Christians who think that their beliefs should automatically be law.

Islam is no more to blame that some use Islam as an excuse for attempting to usurp temporal authority than Christians are to blame for many Popes attempting to exercise temporal authority over all of Europe.

I really do agree with the intent of your letter, but I think that it should be founded on the principle of the separation of Church and state.


Frank Estey 6 years, 5 months ago


Shariah is NOT just a form of law…it is law dictated by a religion.


citizensforgrowth 6 years, 5 months ago

What you need to realize is that here in the good ol USA we have separation of church and state. In the middle east the church IS the state. BIG difference. By the way you might be interested in knowing that the crusades were Christians trying to reclaim territory that was invaded and overrun by Muslims. I hope you understand that when the men are killed,children are put into slavery and wives put into harems that talk and negotiation was not an option.That was the behavior of Muslims that brought on the crusades.I dont deny for a moment that wrongs were not done under the name of Christianity . But let us not sugarcoat one at the expense of the other.


native_craig_guy 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow. Shariah Law is more than just a form of law. Similarly to how our laws are based on our nation's historically christian faith Shariah Law is an extension of Muslim Theology into legal doctrine. Disbanding Shariah Law would bring around human equality because the lack of equality is directly influenced by the biased, sexist laws. Around the world Muslims are (and have been) at war with any other ethnic group that they share a space with. In Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Jordan, America, France, Denmark, where there are Muslims, there is and always has been conflict. Maybe a little more objective look at the Crusades would show that it was done in part to prevent the spread of Muslim Faith beyond the Iberian Peninsula. Look at the Vatican, not England, if you are looking for someone to blame for the Crusades. To quote Seneca, "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." Shariah Law is effective and in place because it controls the country because defiance of the law is not only against the Country, but against God Himself. That is why it is used and still in place, it is effective as a means of controlling a population.


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