Speak Out: The ‘flavors’ of Islam
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May 07, 2013 | 3227 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Re “Bush and the bombers” (H. Brandt Ayers column, May 5):

Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers is an erudite world traveler, but his Sunday column showed an astounding naiveté on the nature of today’s Islam, an ignorance which is part of the problem of dealing with the small minority of Muslims who are radical jihadists.

Ayers asks, “… the whole world of Islam: what does it want, where is it going, who is its leader?” It’s a false question. Islam is not monolithic. There are as many “flavors” of Islam as there are sects of Christianity. It would be even more difficult to find a unified political voice among a grouping of Baptists, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Christian Scientists, Eastern Orthodox, Coptics, Methodists, Church of Christers, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, Episcopalians, snake handlers, Lutherans and on and on and on.

Ayers should not hold his breath waiting for some Muslim Messiah to appear suddenly to lead and unify an incredibly diverse, sectarian religion like Islam.

John F. Snyder
Jacksonville
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