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Letters to the editor

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:01 am

Who gave us right to be judge, jury and executioner all in one?

On Sept. 11, we marked 11 years since that crisp blue morning gave way to one of the worst terrorist attacks that we’ve seen on our native soil since Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, which claimed 2,402 lives.

On that day of Sept. 11, 2001, we lost 2,977 lives. Eleven years later how are we remembering their legacy, are we doing what they would have wanted, or are we being selfish and leveling attacks against a group of people that isn’t responsible for the acts of a few hellbent on causing a divide that would bring the United States to its knees?

I am happy to say the spirit of America was truly on display for the world to see. Those New Yorkers had that grit that every American embodies in each of our souls, the determination that has made this nation a nation that is second to none.

But if this has taught us one thing, it is to respect our fellow man and his choice of faith. Who are we to call Islam evil?

I am not of the Islamic faith. I’m Catholic. I became Catholic 3 years ago, but what I learned in my studies is that we must love all religions. You may disagree with this point or that, but in principle they are the same.

We are given freedom of religion by the First Amendment, but what I question is how far are we allowed to go in expressing our hatred for another religion, another culture, or the right to chose our partners be it a man or a woman. When your action directly affects the lives of others then I firmly believe that people that so choose to hurt other whether directly or indirectly must face retribution for their actions.

Case in point: Pastor Terry Jones from Gainesville, Fla., who in 2010 and 2011 inspired deadly riots in Afghanistan by threatening to burn the Koran and also reportedly hanged President Obama in effigy. If that is not hate, I do not know what is.

Who are we to pass judgment, just like Sam Bacile, who produced a film on the life of Muhammad? In my research of the prophet Muhammad, I have found no evidence that he was anything more than a peaceable person choosing to find a better way to serve his God.

Always remember an action garners a reaction, (such as) the attack on the U.S embassy in Benghazi.

And let me stress I find beauty in all religions, but when we use our church as a platform to bash and outright call another religion evil, then we have crossed the line of tolerance for our fellow man.

It is not our right to pass judgment on anyone. And, furthermore, any man or woman who feels he has been given that right has problems far beyond what can be addressed in a local article. I ask all of you to search your hearts first, and then take it upon yourself to research what you’re being told before blindly reaching a conclusion that, “Oh the terrorists were Islamic, so that makes all of Islam evil.”

Do you realize how stupid we look to the rest of the world? Do we as a country want people to view us as people that are slow to anger, a people that makes decisions after carefully weighing both the positive and the negative, or people who blindly accept what we are told without careful understanding because we’re too lazy to pick up a book that may shed some light on the subject at hand.

I know many of you may disagree with me, but when we deal with the rest of the world we need to put forth an air of sophistication, unlike Jones and Bacile, who make the rest of us look like ignorant jackasses.

Charles Sizemore

One right answer and it is God's

There are just two answers to every question — God’s answer and everyone else’s. When they contradict, everyone else’s is wrong.

Richard W. Burridge