Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Right wing bigots 04-02-13

'God’ same entity in every language

Tuscaloosa News
February 13, 2004
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Dear Editor: Mr. Randy Fuller’s letter of Feb. 8 originated from the depths of ignorance. God is called Allah in the Arabic language, not only by Muslims but also by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians. Mr. Fuller probably thinks that the French do not worship God because they call Him “Dieu." The word for God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is “Allaha."

Sadly the attackers on Sept. 11, 2001, were Muslims; their acts were at variance with Islam, as any Christian criminal act is at variance with Christianity. Islam considers the murder of one person as heinous as the murder of all of humanity.

This country was founded on the premise of practicing one’s belief without coercion by government. Mr. Fuller confuses patriotism with religious intolerance, as the perpetrators of Sept. 11, 2001, did.

A Muslim woman wears a scarf out of conviction. Forcing her to remove the scarf is to force her to abjure her beliefs, inconsistent with freedom of speech and religion.

Her driver’s license photograph without a scarf, while she drives wearing a scarf, defeats the purpose of carrying identification. As long as her face is totally visible, she can be identified better while wearing a scarf. Many Muslim women wearing the scarf are not Arabs but born and bred, proud Americans, good Muslims and good Americans.

I hope one day, people will emerge from personal darkness to learn tolerance, not only in other parts of the world but some in this country as well.

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