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Letter: We can disagree without being anti-Muslim

As president of Memorial University, Gary Kachanoski had little choice but to have the “anti-Islam” posters removed. But I’m not sure that he has a grasp on some of the messages on the poster when he says, “We strongly condemn the messages contained within.”

The poster headline, “The Islamic domination of the West,” is only partially true. The goal of Islam is world domination, not by guns or bombs, but by population growth. A casual look at the world’s population shows that this is already happening. For instance, Canada’s population of Muslims has doubled since 2001.

We do not have to be anti-Muslim, even if we disagree with the teaching of the Qur’an, or the political-religious position of Islam.

I’ve had close ties with Muslims, and their presence here does not make me paranoid. Most of them are not of the radical brand and do not agree with Sharia law as upheld by orthodox Islam. They may not even agree with Islam’s goal of world domination.

We do not have to be anti-Muslim, even if we disagree with the teaching of the Qur’an, or the political-religious position of Islam.

I’m sure that the president of the university understands that the campus is a melting pot of ideas and is not surprised at the appearance of an Islamic poster. There is some nervousness among members of Christianity when statistics show the rapid growth of Islam in the West. For instance, London now has 427 mosques, some of them built on the land once owned by some of the 500 churches that have been closed.

We cannot fault Islam if its growth in Canada or the United States is 8.1 fertility growth, compared to 1.6. That being the case, in 20 years, MUN could have a minority of Anglo-Saxon students. This could cause students like Samantha Andrews to show emotion in another way.

 

Jabez B. Reynolds

St. John’s

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