Regarding the May 12, 2010, Gazette letter by Sarah Balaparya ("Enough with the Islamophobia, Oklahoma!")
For Balaparya to seemingly downcast the Constitution of the United States as originating from only a few handpicked oppressed persons who didn't look to the scriptures for guidance shows what little worth and value she views the Constitution to begin with.
Are we to believe that the originators looked to the creator but not the creator's words when they wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" in the Declaration of Independence?
What's troubling is that Muslims like Balaparya spend a great deal of effort trying to convince the non-Muslim world that Islam is a tolerant religion, but do virtually nothing in challenging the Islamists within their own Islamic community!
Has she taken the time to write Islamic publications of her view of how wrong and against Islam the Times Square bombing attempt was?
In Islam, the highest example of a "true Muslim" is Muhammad himself (Quran 33:21). So when Balaparya states that her faith is based upon selflessness, compassion, sincerity and tolerance, I have to wonder if the Arabian Jewish tribe of Qurayza and the Jews of Khaybar of whom were either murdered, half their produce taken, and banished from Arabia by the highest example of true Islam himself, would agree with her?
What kind of "religion of tolerance" would state in its most holy book the Quran, "O you who believe (Muslims) take not the Jew and the Christians for friends. They are friends of each other. And whoever amongst you takes them for friends he is indeed one of them" in the text?
Perhaps in reading we can see why the Muslim-world hero Haj Amin Al-Husseini visited Hitler in November 1941 just weeks before the Nazi Wannsee Conference that would determine the "final solution to the Jewish question."
Regarding the U.S. Constitution, one must consider the fact that "true Islam" is none other than "Sharia law Islam," the kind most closely practiced by Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Taliban. Sharia law, which seeks to make non-believers submit (Islam) as second-class citizens (dhimmi) within Islamic-run countries, is completely on the other side of the spectrum of the First Amendment that states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof "¦"
Until the mainstream Muslim communities in the Middle East find it totally acceptable for a church or synagogue to be built higher than a mosque in the city of Mecca, for the better part of reasoning I will remain an Islamophobe!
Since Balaparya ended her letter with a Mecca verse, "In Allah we trust," I'll end mine with one of the last Medina verses: "Fight those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day."