News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 4, 2013

Readers’ Forum: April 4, 2013

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Former Muslims

speaking out

In the ongoing “Islam Debate” in the Tribune Star, the perspective of former Muslims has not been presented.

The website “Apostates of Islam Æ We Left Islam” ( explains why many Muslims are leaving Islam.

 The Apostates of Islam website describes its goals as follows:

“We are apostates of Islam. We denounce Islam as a false doctrine of hate and terror. However, we are not against Muslims who are our own kin and relatives. We do not advocate hate and violence. Muslims are the main victims of Islam. Our goal is to educate them and let them see the truth. We are against Islam and not the Muslims. We strive to bring the Muslims into the fold of humanity. Eradicate Islam so our people can be liberated, so they can prosper and break away from the pillory of Islam. We would like to see Islamic countries dedicate more time to science and less time to Quran and Sharia. We would like to see them prosper and contribute to human civilization. We would like to see the draconian laws of Islam eliminated and people are treated humanely. We strive for freedom of beliefs, for equality of gender and for oneness of humankind.”

The Apostates of Islam website describes the main challenge before it as follows:

“Today the humanity is facing a great danger. Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise and the hatred is brewing in the minds of millions of Muslims. This hatred must be contained or there would be disastrous consequences. We believe that the education is the only answer. Muslim intellectuals must realize that Islam is a false doctrine and they must let the rest of Islamic world know the truth. Islam is a religion that thrives on the arrogant assumption that it is the most logical, the most scientific and the most perfect religion. While the fact is that it is the stupidest doctrine — the most backward and absurd belief. Once the truth about Islam becomes common knowledge, it will be weakened and the Islamic fanaticism will lose its fangs. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being expended to combat Islamic terrorism, yet no effort is made to contain the ideology behind this terrorism. It is our belief that Islamic terrorism will not be eliminated unless and until the ideology behind it is exposed and eradicated. This is what we intend to do.”

— Ramachandra  B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute

Impressed by

mayor’s efforts

On a recent evening at about 6 p.m., after dropping my car off for some service work at Switzer Automotive, I saw a strange occurrence. Two men were loading discarded furniture from the tree row into a City of Terre Haute truck.

After closer examination I found Larry Switzer and our own mayor, Duke Bennett. Upon inquiring what they were doing, Mayor Bennett said, “This citizen called and asked for help cleaning up this eyesore.” And he, dressed in his blue jeans and City of Terre Haute T-shirt, was just “helping out.”

I was really impressed. We hear a lot today about self-centered and greedy politicians, yet we find there are some who are truly public servants. Way to go, Duke!

— William Smiddy

Terre Haute