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September 24, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 24, 2012

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More questions about Islam

In his letter of Sept. 2 , Khwaja Hasan has again brought up the charge of “Islamophobia” in America. The word “phobia” means “irrational fear.”

Islam has the death penalty for apostasy and Islam’s Jihad Theology asks Muslims to wage Jihad (holy war) against non-Muslims. Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism do not have equivalent doctrines.

As Americans become more educated about Islam, many have started asking if Islam can be considered a religion in the first place. For example, see Rebecca Bynum’s book: “Allah is Dead: Why Islam is not a Religion.” Also relevant here is the article by Martel Sobieskey: “Demoting Islam’s Religion Status”, available at the following web address: www.newmediajournal.us/staff/sobieskey/2009/03192009.htm.

Mr Hasan: Americans are suffering from Islamonausea, not Islamophobia.

— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute

Appreciation for fundraiser support

The First Free Will Baptist Church thanks God for the kindness and generosity of Bob Baesler and Baesler’s Market. Our Desserts for Dinner pie sale hosted by Baesler’s was a great success and blessing in starting our fundraising campaign for a new church.

Thanks to all in the community who supported with purchases, donations and prayers. Special thanks to Carolyn and the bakery crew who kept those pies coming.

Great thanks to all in the First Free Will family for a job well done.

— Elder C. Dwayne Malone, pastor, First Free Will

Baptist Church

Terre Haute

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