SHOCK AND AWE
It’s been a while since I’ve written but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading Ed Decker. His column [“Not singing along to that old time religion,” June 29] caught my attention because I’ve been studying this belief system for some years now and will conclude that it’s more than a religion. It’s as Ayaan Hirsi Ali says “Islam is not a religion of peace, it’s a political theory of conquest that seeks domination by any means it can.”
It is not content to be treated equally alongside other world religions; it insists on supremacy. Do you know if you’ve been lulled into a false sense of mental comfort when thinking about Islam? Brigitte Gabriel in her 2006 book wrote that “moderate Muslims and apologists and propagandists for Islam will attempt to deny or obscure the real meaning, nature, and intent of jihad.”
Throughout the Koran and the Hadith, “harb” (war) and “qital” (“killing, slaughter”) are ordained by Allah as the unavoidable and immutable punishment for refusing to convert or submit to Islam. “Jihad” means warfare against infidels. These tactics are called “taqiyya”—lying deception, deceipt—every lie to achieve the goal of being “supreme in the world” is not only permitted, but sanctified.
Obviously it is “good” for Islam that the infidel, that’s you and me, should be kept ignorant of the true meaning of “jihad.” Can this be interpreted to mean that all Muslims must be viewed with suspicion? Is there such a thing as a peace-loving “good” Muslim who does not subscribe to Sharia law, a law that is so diametrically contrary to our nation’s Founding Documents? Will anyone even attempt an answer to this question?
Keep pounding that keyboard with your “shock and awe” journalism.
Lou Cumming, La Jolla
Love this headline [“Seaport Pillage,” June 22] and it’s so true. I quit going to Seaport Village several years ago except for the walk around the perimeter which is beautiful. The parking lots are jammed and this whole area is congested. Parking isn’t free. Hordes of people going to festivals that are roped off and exclusive.
Now the thought of hotels and venues add to the mess. Raking money from tourists and trashing the locals who just want a promenade to enjoy the view— whose access may be restricted further. When my daughter was five or six we would go there on Friday evenings, have dinner and walk. I do agree that the shops are stale now and the food options outdated. I am sure that the powers that be in the city will sell another lovely site down the tubes to the big guys to make a huge profit soon.
Goodbye to another piece of San Diego which is being developed to the advantage of a few. Thanks and keep your comments up. I do feel absolutely powerless in the face of what goes on around here.
One other note: a large pothole on my street was filled in but it’s just that black stuff that erodes! So it’s not going to last. Thanks, mayor!
Dianne Obeso, University Heights
Thank you Seth Combs for your article focusing on the local poetry scene [“Fine Lines,” June 22]. I’ve read three of the books you reviewed already, and your coverage has spurred my interest in the three others.
Additionally, I’ve heard four of the six authors read locally and their performances took me away. Several weeks ago, in an editorial, I criticized CityBeat for lack of participation at the North Park Festival of Arts; now, I commend the publication for promoting local poets. The writing community benefits from your support.
Gerald Vanderpot, North Park
A WORD ON WORDS
Alex Zaragoza’s column [“The Stanford rapist and the power of language as a weapon,” June 15] was excellent. Words perpetuate the false notion that we’re superior and others are second-class citizens. There is no such thing. Period.
We can’t let people get away with hurtful, wrong, old-fashioned thinking, whether they mean it or not.
Thank you for your column.
Robert Melikian Phoenix, AZ