Volume 91, Issue 13

Thursday, September 18, 1997



Our Lord in heaven

Re: An open letter to the students of the University of Western Ontario, Sept. 16

To the Editor:
I would like to address the cartoon The Gazette published again last December depicting God speaking to Allah.

Although newspapers have an inherent right for publishing material, one condition of this freedom is that it does not unfairly insult groups. If an article is published in a professional and truthful manner, it can be printed.

In this case, the cartoon is offensive to all those who believe in God. "Allah" is the Arabic word for God. Both Christians and Muslims refer to God as Allah. (Christian Arabs).

Because the three main monotheistic religions worship the same God, the God of Abraham, the cartoon in effect portrays a multiplicity of God, which is theologically incorrect.

To show God holding a beer and admitting procrastinating, is The Gazette's weird way of saying that God was partying too much and neglected his responsibilities. This is far from true!

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all agree that God will never abandon us, remaining always loving. To say that God is a partier is grossly unfair and insulting. God is the creator, not some wild partier.

UWO's emblem once read: "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," taking from the holy scriptures. By removing this and by The Gazette's actions, we can see an effort to remove God off UWO's campus, and replace monotheism with relativism and skepticism. But, I find this quote from the scriptures not as a warning, but as a reminder of how empty life would be without God as the centre. Fear God's absence.

Roger C. Khouri
Host of "Splendors of the Catholic Church" CHRW

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