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Don Chapman
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September 22, 2010 - MidWeek
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Common ground

I’ll admit to having mixed emotions on the “Ground Zero” mosque, and I am most definitely not a Michelle Malkin fan, but I must say that her column “The Eternal Flame Of Muslim Outrage” is a powerful argument that it almost doesn’t matter what we do or don’t do in the U.S., there are Muslims who will always hate us regardless, and there are Muslim leaders who happily fan the flames for their own self-interest.

I believe in peace and tolerance, but how do you have a conversation, much less brotherhood, with people like this?

Daniel Lee
Honolulu


Cynical zealot

Good insight by Dan Boylan in his column “The GOP Political Ploy On Religion.” Republican Party chair Jonah Kaauwai still sounds like a religious zealot, but it turns out he was also being quite cynical. Isn’t there a term for people who use religion to rile people up and get them to act? Yes, there is: al-Qaida.

Steven Yamasaki
Honolulu

Islam history

Just a quick question for all the people writing in to defend Islam. Does it bother you at all that Islamic scriptures have 109 verses calling for the slaying of non-Muslims (“infidels”) (http://thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/023-violence.htm)? Just asking.

Steve J. Williams
Honolulu


Rule of law

May I remind Jerry Coffee that the rule of law in the United States is the only thing that protects individual citizens from the tyranny of the masses. Mr. Coffee is obviously not bright enough to comprehend this. His only argument for violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of religion is that he doesn’t like a particular religion’s choice of real estate. If the planning and zoning board says that a proposed building meets all lawful requirements for construction, then it must, by law, be granted a permit. Just because Mr. Coffee doesn’t like the religion of the people who want to build it is not a legally valid reason for denying them their constitutional rights. If you don’t want the building to be built, then make the owner of the property an offer to buy the property from them. That is the only constitutionally acceptable way to stop them from doing what they legally have a right to with their property.

Mr. Coffee makes conservatives look like morons, and should only be read by his fellow conspiracy nuts in the dark recesses of the Internet.

Curtis Blaine Williams
Waialua

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