Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
Regarding “Muslim leaders say ‘no justification’ for terror exists in true Islam” (IR 12/17/15): As an Army Chaplain I handed out to U.S. Army Islamic soldiers the version of the Qur’an published by Amana Publications, Beltsville, Md. Surah 2:190-1 reads: “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.”
We would all like to believe in peaceful coexistence, but in light of these verses (and others that could be cited), it is very reasonable and “justifiable” to feel uneasy. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. Wishful, one-sided thinking isn’t enough. All the facts need to be displayed for true conversation and dialogue to happen, and courage to face the consequences.
Father W. Roy Floch, Davenport, Wash.
It is important for those in positions of authority, whether civil or clerical, to realize that their calling is to enrich and enhance the Faith of the faithful. However, if these faithful did not already have an element of intrinsic Faith embedded in them, these efforts would be fruitless, ineffective and unnecessary. Were this reality to be continually disregarded through misuse and abuse, there is grave danger that anarchy could develop through separatism.
It would be well for ALL in positions of authority to adopt a stance of “Ignite and Unite” as their motto without thought of personal gain. This example has been set by Pope Francis through his selfless love for all humanity.
Sister Madonna Buder SFCC, Spokane
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