Letters to the Editor

November 06, 2009

Read about the issues from both sides

To the editor:

Once again, there was another recent and frenetic letter to the editor making unsupported allegations about "hatemongers" who "spread misinformation, but also incredible lies" ("Hatemongers abuse freedom of speech," Friday, Oct. 30, page A4).

Wouldn't the quality of our political understanding and discourse be so much better if people of every political persuasion stopped accusing those with contrary views of being "evilmongers," thus fanning even more rabid hatred and intolerance?

Even better, wouldn't it truly be wonderful if people read, viewed and otherwise studied political discourse from sources other than just those that appealed to their personal political biases?


As just one example, a person who reads news and opinion sources such as both the National Review (conservative) and The Progressive (liberal) magazines has a much richer understanding and appreciation of our nation's current events than anyone who subscribes to the "Lumpenproletariat" political mindset.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Judge religion by its adherents and its doctrine

To the editor:

I read with curiosity the story about the Oct. 31 interfaith event at Beaver Creek Country Club ("Speaker: Taliban doesn't speak for Islam," Sunday, Nov. 1, page A2).

While lamenting the American media's alleged misrepresentation of Muslims, Dr. Mohammad Haq revealed that he holds to the common Middle Eastern misperception that all Americans are Christians. Speaking of the high murder rates in Washington, D.C., Haq was quoted as saying, "... it's Christians killing Christians there." I highly doubt that the people involved in those tragic murders are churchgoers, let alone Christians.

Addressing religious violence, Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee stated, "... (psychopaths) use religion for their own ends. Are they following their religion? No." The Crusades are an excellent example of this point. Acting contrary to biblical doctrine, the crusaders blatantly ignored Jesus' numerous exhortations of love and mercy, such as Luke 6:35: "But love your enemies, do good to them ..."

Unfortunately, the Quran legitimizes the violent acts of Muslim "psychopaths" against non-Muslims. Surah 9:5 urges Muslims: "Fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)." Elsewhere in the Quran, (Surah 8:12; 8:55-61; 9:14; 9:29) Muslims are also commanded to brutally conquer all unbelieving peoples.

I encourage those interested in comparing Islam and Christianity to check out a Bible and a Quran from the Washington County Free Library.

I commend Haq and Durkee for desiring interfaith friendship and communication, and I urge all people to judge a religion not only by its adherents, but also by its doctrine.

Taylor Eckel

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