To the editor:
As a counterpoint to the letter by Emily Nagle, I found Diane West’s article hit the spot.
I understand Islam to be a violent religion with Shariah Law being its oppressive extension over all of the societal areas it conquers. Islam may have started as a nonviolent faith, but once it tasted blood at Medina in Arabia, it gradually changed into a land-hungry empire, sweeping in five bloody centuries in Asia Minor to India and through North Africa into Spain.
England and France, by means of their empires, installed secular somewhat democratic political systems, which are today under attack by groups wishing to re-establish Shariah Law over all Muslims.
The basic problem, as I see it, is that in Koranic Islam, the church and state are united with the church as the power behind the throne. Christianity tried that once in the Middle Ages. No thanks. Once was enough.
Both Christianity and Islam have individuals and groups that encourage peaceful behavior and patience with other nations and faiths.
Emily, I agree with you that we should encourage such groups and also participate as opportunity presents itself. Our Lord did say, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.”
Christianity and nations with its worldview have a strong basis for such behaviors; Islam and its nations, less so.
Emily, I am somewhat puzzled about your statement “putting our ethnocentricities aside.” What are we left with?
Could you possibly come to the small discussion group that meets at 4 p.m. Sundays at McDonald’s?
We normally discuss atheism and Christianity, but discussing the current effects of Islam is well within our scope.