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Thu, Jul 10, 2014

LETTER: Local Muslims owed an apology

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A Muslim is defined as one who lives by the commandments set forth in the Quran, regardless of whether that person is of Islamic faith.

Would that we had a similar term specifically for those who truly do as Jesus Christ said to do, as opposed to those professed “Christians” who follow him where he never led.

Examples include a “Christian” televangelist who advocated the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a former president who strongly advocated the use of torture, and here in Middle Tennessee, a seeker of for the U.S. House of Representatives who demonstrated her unfitness for public office by her bigoted rhetoric against our friends and fellow citizens of Islamic faith.

Would Jesus assassinate?

Who would Jesus torture?

Who would Jesus make second-class citizens?

In short, who would Jesus not love?

Like many Americans, I am a member of a religious minority. Catholics, protestants, Jews, Muslims, and none of the above, art all minorities here. The overwhelming majority, including those who do not belong to any of the above religions, are good and decent people.

On behalf of the people of Middle Tennessee who support the U.S. Constitution and its promise of freedom of religion for all, I apologize to the Islamic people of Murfreesboro for the bigots who attempted to prevent them from building the mosque they now enjoy.

Bret Hooper
Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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