In the Rev. Drew A. Newman’s letter (8/28) on the Reformation and Christianity, he states that Christianity does not teach violence as an acceptable means of furthering the growth of the church, but that the same can’t be said of Islam.
The reverend show how little he knows about true Islam.
True Islam does not advocate violence. This, however, falls on deaf ears too many times.
If you wish to believe that true Islam advocates violence to further the religion, then by the same measure, the same can be said about the Christian Church. I point to the Crusades, the Inquisition and the forcible conversion of the Native Americans as a few examples of the Christian Church using violence to further its growth.
Please stop painting all of Islam with the same brushstrokes as those of the extremists. Christians don’t like it and neither do Muslims.
It sounds like the Rev. Drew Newman, pastor of a Lutheran church in Kearney, has spent more time studying theology than the historical context of his own denomination.
Early Lutherans, as well as several other Protestant denominations, persecuted those who disagreed with them, convinced that they were the only recipients of divine revelation.
Newman was criticizing a recent column by Diana Muir in which she asserted that the conviction that one’s religion has the word direct from God can empower individuals to kill in his name. This is well illustrated by more than 100 years of religious wars in Europe following the Reformation, and it is the reason that our Founding Fathers were determined to separate religion and the state.
Jeanette B. Welch