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For personal safety, LGBT-ers should carry arms since some branches of Islam are heartlessly cruel to them. To respect Islam’s good believers we should avoid the misleading phrase “radical Islam” and say “radicalized Islam” which implies outside-of-Islam forces acting. Prudence means inadequately vetted Muslims should not be accepted. As a Christian I neither agree with most LGBT objectives nor think Islam is truth. Though most Muslims are good people, things are so bad these days that Christians and good Muslims must confront together that little-mentioned serious Islamic problem outlined below.

But first, recall the French Charlie Hebdo magazine incident (January 2015) in which that satirical magazine depicted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in some very disrespectful ways. Then some Muslims retaliated with 12 killed in the magazine’s own office. The few guilty Muslims were right to be offended but not right about such hateful murdering.

Now consider Muhammad while living and promoting early Islam. Ponder what he severely did to Christianity’s anointed one, our savior Jesus the Christ, true God and true man, second person of the Holy Trinity. Before his followers, Muhammad demoted, as it were, the divine head of the Christian religion to prophet-only status while assuming for himself the mantle of being Islam’s highest and last-prophet. Islam thereby owes Christianity respect and not the exile and slaughter we now suffer under much-too-quiet, world-over Muslims.

You will see that I do not unqualifiedly condemn Muhammad for the reasons I give in my 2005 article that you can Google: “What Cost to Civilization is Islam?” now on islamdaily.org. It can be a significant starting point for combined Muslim-Christian communities seriously working together to promote real peace. But, this time around, imams heading mosques across America and the world need to show timely ongoing cooperation.

WILLIAM FOLGER

York Township

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