In response to Bill Ward’s letter expressing his concern for violence condoned and expressly called for in the Quran, I would say, “Sir, you are the pot calling the kettle black.” Here is an uplifting verse from the Bible:
“They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.” (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
If that is not enough to gag you yet, here are a few verses you could look up in your spare time: Exodus 32:26-29; Deuteronomy 13:7-12; Deuteronomy 13:13-19; Deuteronomy 17:2-5; Numbers 25:1-9; Ezekiel 9:5-7; 1 Samuel 15:2-3; Joshua 6:20-21; and Judges 20:48.
Faith and spirituality can be wonderful things — organized religions, not so much. Let’s quit pointing fingers at each other and instead go take a good long look in the mirror. If you want to keep Muslims out of the U.S. based on some quotes from their scripture, I fear there’s an awful lot of Christians who probably should get the boot as well.
Connie Grover, Boise