News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 14, 2013

READERS' FORUM: June 14, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — Mott statements contradict history

There are many questionable statements in Ron Mott’s column of June 6, “Continuous War.”

Contrary to what Mott states, Christian Crusades were not based on the Christian Bible. Jesus asked his followers to love their enemies. Christian crusades were provoked by the Islamic conquest of Christian lands like Spain, and the Christian Holy Lands in the Middle East.

Mott states: “Prophet Mohammed told his warriors to have respect for the people of the Book, meaning the Bible of Jews and Christians, and that worked for many years.” This is at variance with the understanding of Al-Ghazali, the greatest scholar of Islam in the history of Islam. Al-Ghazali writes:

"One must go on jihad (i.e., warlike razzias or raids) at least once a year … one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children. One may set fire to them and/or drown them … If a person of the Ahl al-Kitab [People of The Book — primarily Jews and Christians] is enslaved, his marriage is [automatically] revoked. One may cut down their trees … One must destroy their useless books. Jihadists may take as booty whatever they decide … they may steal as much food as they need.”

This is from the book “The Legacy of Jihad,” by Andrew Bostom.

— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute

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Please display our American flag whenever possible and be aware of what it means to us.

We are losing our rights and freedom more and more each day.

— Frank G. Walker

Veteran of WWII

Terre Haute