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July 5, 2013

Letter: Islam must be reformed

To the editor:

Brian T. Watson’s Salem News column of June 27 (“It is time to rethink religion”) focuses on a “ ... category of belief — one that is causing immense trouble across the world today — religious belief.” Summarizing some books on the subject, he writes “... the authors argue that today the destructive actions perpetrated in its name are producing negative consequences that far outweigh the positive impacts of faith.” He comments further “... about the damages that the very existence of religion is causing.”

Mr. Watson evenhandedly attacks all religions by mentioning none by name. Is it believable that Mr. Watson, a well-informed, knowledgeable journalist, is unaware that the conditions causing “immense trouble across the world today,” that “the destructive actions perpetrated in its name,” are not descriptive of all the world’s religions, but that they do fit four-square one, and only one, religion: Islam.

In more than 40 nations around the globe, Islam is in bloody conflict with its neighbors, including fellow Muslims. The gruesome civil war in Syria is most paradigmatic of the violent, hateful behavior inspired by a religion that justifies its followers to engage in acts of such cruelty.

Islam, as proclaimed in its own holy book, is a religion whose objective is world conquest. The Quran commands the absolute submission of women to the every will and whim of men. Homosexuals, according to tradition, are treated as criminal deviants. Some Muslim children are taught from early childhood to hate non-Muslims, and that their highest calling is martyrdom in the act of murdering them.

It is disingenuous and misleading to ascribe, as does Mr. Watson, the problems of the world to its religions in general. Unless and until Islam is reformed, peace on earth will be little more than a phrase of fantasy.

Robert I. Lappin

Swampscott

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