Letters to the Editor - Weekly Issue of September 13, 2010
Readers write in about Islam and the West, and illegal immigration.
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.