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Let religion without faults cast first stone


Date published: 8/29/2014

If Islam shouldn't have protection under the First Amendment, which religion should? ["Constitution shouldn't protect Islam," Aug. 13.]

Which religion has clean hands, free of the suffering imposed on others because of the violence and inequality it exhibited?

The individual who wrote his diatribe regarding Islam as undeserving of protection under the First Amendment was concerned about its effects on these shores, but negated what has occurred on these shores and abroad by another esteemed religion.

It wasn't Muslims who sanctioned the Crusades of the Middle Ages. If wasn't Muslims who massacred the indigenous people of these shores in the name of Manifest Destiny.

It wasn't Muslims who held black people as chattel property for more than 300 years, freed them only to terrorize them further for 100 more years under the term "second-class citizens."

It wasn't Muslims killing doctors who conducted abortions. It's not Muslim neighborhoods and communities that I drive through and find churches segregated by race, but yet claim to serve the same God.

Should Christianity be afforded protection under the First Amendment, after some of what her adherents have done because of warped interpretations?

Is it possible that some of the violence occurring within the Islamic world is due to misinterpretation of the holy Quran? Both the Bible and the Quran can be subject to multiple interpretations if taken literally or figuratively, which has led to the violence and social issues our world has experienced.

Jesus said, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone." The Apostle Paul said, "If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."

The Prophet said, "None of you truly believes, until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself."

We would be wise to govern ourselves accordingly.

Derek E. Jeter

Essex