Muslims have given good reason to fear Islam

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Heinz Klatt looking for reasons to decry the Quran”
Oct. 30, 2007

To the editor:
Responding to the apologetic remarks made by Tarik Mohd and others in the Oct. 30 issue of The Gazette, I have several comments.

Tarik, you say you disagree that the Quran is a “rather violent document,” yet right after you say “I don’t see how it is any more violent than the Torah or the Bible.”

Have I read correctly in that you are indeed agreeing it is violent, but so are the other two scriptures, so that makes it okay?

The original debate started over a translation of the Quran that had been toned down significantly. But isn’t the Quran the supposed word of Allah, as received by Mohammed? If it’s the word of God, why does it need to be changed?

However, your final statement, “Can we please drop this Islamophobic behaviour once and for all?” is the most frustrating. Maybe a little refresher of why there is “Islamophobia” would help?

Sept. 11, the July 7 bombings in London, the Danish cartoon scandal, the fatwah issued on Salman Rushdie for the writing of a novel and the desertion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali from the Netherlands all seem like legitimate reasons for a certain “fear of Islam.”

And don’t forget that any time a Muslim wants to return to Quranic basics, those texts will always be there in their original form to be taken not as interpretation, but as the true word.
"Richard Gould
Anatomy & Cell Biology III

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