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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Good letter: Quran poses no threat

A good letter to the editor published in the Press Enterprise:

Quran poses no threat
Press Enterprise, Dec. 7, 2006

Please tell me radio talk-show host Dennis Prager was joking when he said it would damage the unity of Americans if Keith Ellison were allowed to use the Quran to be sworn into office.

As a registered Republican and conservative for more than 40 years, I was so deeply offended by Prager's remarks that I considered changing parties.

The very foundation of this country hinges on the freedom to choose one's religion, and one of the foundations of conservatives is the right of people to do what their conscience and beliefs tell them without government intrusion.

Prager gives conservatives a bad name with his right-wing rant. It's no wonder people think conservatives are nuts. Rest assured, most of us are not.

If Ellison were forced to swear an oath on a book he doesn't believe in, that oath would not be valid.



David Campbell said...

I also have no objection to the use of the Qur'an to swear in a Muslim congressman. It would be ludicrous to have him swear on a book - the Bible - he doesn't believe in.

Rod said...

You can’t even find a Bible in most Islamic Nations much less swear on one, and foolish Americans embrace such a religion and way of thinking without grasping the danger within that religion. You need to understand why you cant find a Bible in Islamic Nations?

I challenge those that disagree to visit any Islamic Nation and tell me about the freedoms you enjoyed during your visit!

Hussam Ayloush said...

You are wrong. I have visited many Muslims countries and in all of them, except Saudi Arabia, there were very active churches, Bibles, Christians, Christian schools, and most importantly, good relations between Christians and Muslims.

I suggest that you take a visit to some of the 57 majority-Muslim coutnries and learn something. People can get along, only if they reject extremism.