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Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of September 13, 2010

Readers write in about Islam and the West, and illegal immigration.

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Islam and the West

Your Sept. 6 cover story, "Islam and the West" is basically flawed for failing to understand the Muslim doctrine of taqiyya.

No, I am not a bigot, but having lived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, I've observed what most Westerners fail to see. The centuries-old doctrine of taqiyya is sometimes practiced today as compelling "true" Muslims to only tell the truth to other Muslims, and to lie or purposely confuse the "infidels" – all non-Muslims.

Abu Dhabi had two newspapers – the Arabic Khaleej Times and the English Gulf News. Reading both papers on the same day usually gave me a sense that each paper was describing what happened in a different locale – such was the disparity in factual information between the two.


It's my hope that a mosque near ground zero will eventually be seen as a reassuring Muslim act of sympathy, solidarity, and support for 9/11 victims and their families, on behalf of nonviolence, moderation, and peace.

We have already been reassured by the participation and solidarity of Muslim clergy at interfaith memorial services in New York City, Washington, and other American cities since 9/11.


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