September 21, 2012
It is about time that Americans stop trying to appease a religion and people who simply will not accept any alternative to Islam ("Understanding Arab anger," Sept. 19). The Muslim holy book, the Quran, and the teachings of Islam are very clear: If you are not with them, you are an infidel. The goal of the Islamic faith is to spread Sharia law to the ends of the earth at all costs. If we get in the way we are expendable. The American way is not compatible with Islam. Freedom of speech, no matter how offensive, is not part of its tradition.
November 3, 2010
On Nov. 1, al-Qaeda members killed nearly 60 worshippers at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, I condemn this attack, for it is utterly vicious, cold-blooded and outright un-Islamic. Islam condemns any such action, as is seen in Prophet Muhammad's letter to the St. Catherine's Monastery in Mount Sinai: "Verily I, the servants, the helpers and my followers defend [Christians], because Christians are my citizens; and by God I hold out against anything that displeases them.
December 13, 1992
The world is accustomed to Muslims at war with Jews ove Israel and Palestine, which has obscured the longer history in which those two religions coexisted more easily than most. Now other Muslims are persecuted by Christians in Europe, in mass atrocity in Bosnia and small-scale terrorism in Germany. And an extremist Hindu demolition of a 16th Century mosque in the Indian town of Ayodhya has sparked an orgy of Hindu-Muslim slaughters throughout India and backlash against Hinduism in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
July 28, 2012
Like the ghosts of Shakespeare's Banquo or Dickens' Jacob Marley, the specter of the late commie-hunting congressman from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, will always be with us. It is summoned up today, by some on the left, who use it as a tool to thwart legitimate questions about people and ideologies that seek to destroy America. According to many commentators, the McCarthy spirit has inhabited Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. In several letters to high-ranking government officials, Ms. Bachmann has raised questions about Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
December 31, 1991
Sometimes it's hard to tell the power of religion from mere opposition to secular dictatorship. Were the people wanting to turn Algeria into a theocracy, in the Dec. 26 election? Or just to register disgust with the National Liberation Front, which has ruled since independence in 1962 with increasing corruption and ineptitude?In any case, President Chadli Benjedid, who gradually conceded democratic forms after 1988 riots, will carry on until 1993, when an election is scheduled. But the parliament will be dominated by the Islamic Salvation Front, which won a stunning victory in the first round of parliamentary voting last week as it had previously in local elections.
December 9, 2010
Not so long ago, the young man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruiting station in Catonsville had a mundane job: selling children's clothes at Columbia Mall. When he was hired as a sales associate about a year ago, Antonio Martinez was polite, hardworking — and a newly baptized Christian, a former co-worker recalled Wednesday. He seemed like a typical young adult working a typical retail job. Then one day he surprised co-workers by declaring that he had converted to Islam.