Mr. Redekop believes that Christians and Muslims have nothing in common [Odd Thoughts: Religious views not so agreeable, March 21 Letters, www.langleyadvance.com].
That may be due to his skewed view on Muslims in general. Mr, Redekop's points suggest he believes the Muslim religion is based on violence and suppression, when it is really the opposite. Practising Muslims are peaceful.
It can be difficult to see the similarities in two religions when an individual is so submersed in one of the opposing sides.
Mr. Redekop is right when he speaks of how both religions do not follow the same holy book, or that they don't believe in the same spiritual leader.
Yet many Christians ignore the fact that both religions have a greater understanding of one god, sin and salvation, and revelation, and are both part of a religious community.
It is understandable how Mr. Redekop is able to come to the hasty conclusion that all Muslims are terrorists/suicide attacker, because that is how Muslims are portrayed in the media.
But not all suicide attacks are carried out by Muslims, and not all suicide attacks are suicide bombings.
Like Islam, Christianity has its fair share of extremists. We tend to sweep Christian extremism under the rug while thrusting Muslim extremists into the spotlight.
If Muslim-dominated areas somehow all became Christian-controlled, would all "muzzling of the media, suppression or persecution of other faiths," the enforcement of "anti-proselytizing laws," and other societal issues all be eliminated?
Kirah Corfe, Langley
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