News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 19, 2013

Readers’ forum: Jan. 19, 2013


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Disgusted by stand on gay marriage

After reading your editorial in a recent Sunday edition regarding gay marriage, I was disappointed: First, I was disgusted and, secondly, I wondered why an article of this nature was placed in the Terre Haute newspaper. I have lived in this community over 30 years and have never seen any indication of a left-wing movement (except maybe a few college kids) that has ever addressed this topic in debate.

If I had read this article in your letters to the editor, I would have taken it in a different light and not been upset. When I find this type article coming from one of the editors, I see it as a political stand; therefore, I feel you have crossed the line. For some time, I have seen indications (in some of your articles) that you are beginning to lean a little left but in this article you have made it crystal clear.

I find the article against all that I believe in. You are no longer serving the needs of this community with this type reporting.

— Walter Anslinger

Terre Haute

Don’t be victim of Islamic deception

In his letter of Dec. 16, 2012, Jim Camp accuses me of a “venomous diatribe” through my letters against Islamic ideologies of Jihad (Holy War), Sharia (Islamic Law), and President Obama. In my letters, my aim is to educate Americans about the history and theology of the ideologies of Jihad and Sharia, and the actions of the Obama administration. The security and freedoms of Americans are threatened by Jihad, Sharia, and the actions of the Obama administration.

Mr. Camp seems to be a victim of Taqiyya (Taqiyya means “holy deception” and the Islamic doctrine of Taqiyya calls on Muslims to spread disinformation about Islam among non-Muslims). Mr. Camp seems to think that “Jihad” only means “Islamic belief of internal struggle.” I invite Mr. Camp to consider the following Jihad verses of the Quran and the Sunnah (The Life and Sayings of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam):

“Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war” (Quran 9:5).

“Jihad is compulsory” (Sahih Muslim C40B20N4676).

“Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us” (Tabari IX:69).

The Quran and the Sunnah are full of verses like these.

Do these verses sound like the “Islamic belief of internal struggle”? The Islamic jihad attacks like those of Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States, the Fort Hood jihad terror attack, and other jihad attacks are justified by their perpetrators by quoting the jihad verses of the Quran and the Sunnah. Islamic jihad has resulted in the killing of 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists (figures released by the Center for the Study of Political Islam). The Quran and the Sunnah, are taught in all mosques and Islamic schools around the world, including the United States.

The “Islamic belief of internal struggle” mentioned by Mr. Camp refers to the Jihad-al-Akbar (the greater jihad) and is not taught in the Quran or the Sunnah; it is contained in the teachings of the Sufi mystics. The Quran and the Sunnah teach the Jihad-al-Asghar (the lesser jihad) which teaches violence against non-Muslims.

The Obama administration is endangering the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens by signing the resolution against defamation of religion, proposed by Islamic countries in the United Nations. This is clearly an attempt to impose the Blasphemy Laws of Islamic Sharia Law on U.S. citizens. The Obama administration has refused to call the Fort Hood attack as the jihad terror attack that it was, but instead classifies it as “workplace violence.” How can the United States fight an enemy ideology that it refuses to name?

— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute

Doesn’t gunman deserve to die?

When a cow contracts hoof and mouth disease, we kill it and destroy its carcass without a second thought because it is a danger to all living beings. The same applies to a dog with rabies. They go crazy and attack anyone who gets in their way. It’s not their fault, but the only solution is death.

So what about this “mass murderer” in Aurora, Colo? There are so many witnesses, he can never deny his actions. His only defense is insanity. Maybe it’s not his fault “if” he is crazy, but he is a menace to mankind and deserves to die. And I wouldn’t give him any more consideration than a rabid dog.

What do you think, America?

— Michael Lawson

Marshall, Ill.