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Feedback: Muslim article didn't ask hard questions

The front page article by Marcie Miller in the April 2 issue of your paper provided an interesting story about a Muslim reunion on Whidbey Island. However, that gathering apparently did not provide an appropriate forum for Ms. Miller to pose any “impolitic” questions, answers to which I think are important.

As examples, for Imam Joban -- is it in the Quran’s “extension of the Bible” that one finds the decree to kill all infidels, i.e. non-Muslims? For Mr. Farook and Mrs. Tahir -- you cite that you want “the same things” and “to live in peace.” How do you reconcile those statements with the actions of the Taliban and the teachings of the widespread Wahabi sect of Muslims and their madrasa schools?

Isn’t this peaceful orientation akin to that displayed by Mohammed Atta and his cohorts for public consumption prior to 9-11? Why do we not observe more criticism of the strictures on women and the support of terrorism by Saudi Arabia and much of the Muslim world? Why are most Muslim countries dictatorships with impoverished masses?

Perhaps Ms. Miller could do a follow-up story to ascertain answers to these questions.

John Coyne


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