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Muslim beliefs & values are incompatible with our freedoms

To The Daily Sun,

It's often said, Islam is a religion of peace. However, the relevant question related to American, especially immigration and refugee, policies is: Are Muslim (leaders' and followers') beliefs, values, goals, and behaviors compatible with American society or do they jeopardize the peace, prosperity, freedoms, and even lives of American citizens?

Millions of Muslim refugees in Europe are demanding, threatening, crude, ungrateful, and violent against people and property. We may not want to believe it, but the evidence is clear. (Google "videos of Muslim refugees in Europe" or see: http://tinyurl.com/zd89keh)

Muslim assimilation with their adopted countries and cultures generally isn't their goal. Their goal is to transform those countries into Sharia law-ruled Muslim countries. Muslims pursue that goal by intimidation, demands, terrorism, and out-breeding (eventually out-voting) the native populations. Thousands of Muslims from immigrant/refugee families in Western countries demonstrate their commitment to Islam by joining ISIS or committing, or been caught planning or supporting, terrorist acts.

While our American heritage makes us skeptical, it's clear that the Muslim majority in Muslim countries support death for homosexuals, stoning of adulterers, honor killings, death for leaving the Muslim religion, cutting off thieves' hands, etc. See: http://tinyurl.com/l7pt7fn and http://tinyurl.com/juesqyd

Muslims believe that non-Muslims are/should be subservient to Muslims. When a country comes under Muslim control, non-Muslims have the choice to convert, pay a tax, or be killed. (See: http://tinyurl.com/kagxoxp)
Slavery, legal in some Muslim countries until recently, has been re-established in the ISIS created Caliphate which Muslims want to rule the world.

Islam is more than a religion. It is also a system of government based on laws defined by Allah (not by the people or their representatives). Muslims support harsh punishments, treating non-Muslims as second-class citizens, and consider women as lesser beings (with limited freedoms and rights, subservient to males, etc., even in Canada (http://tinyurl.com/l5ksd53), because these are directed by Allah.

While many of the 1.5 billion Muslims undoubtedly just want to live in peace, that doesn't mean that their beliefs are, or would naturally become, compatible with Western values. Basic religious beliefs are hard to change. People who believe that Allah will reward them for fighting for Islam, making their children suicide bombers, helping and honoring terrorists, executing gays and apostates, etc., and people who believe that non-Muslims and women are lesser beings with fewer rights are not going to change these beliefs just because they move to Western countries.

American immigration and refugee policies must consider that Muslim beliefs and values that are incompatible with, and a danger to the freedoms, prosperity, and lives of the American people.

Don Ewing

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Student labor has value and they are being forced to donate it

To The Daily Sun,

Robert T. Joseph Jr. recently disagreed in this space with my Tuesday letter to The Sun, in which I asserted that it is illegal to require community service for graduation from high school. Let me explain the concept in a different way.

Student labor has a cash value . . . for argument let's say it is $10 an hour. In order to receive his diploma, John Q. Senior is expected to work five hours a year for a non-profit, private individual or government entity. That's 20 hours, worth $200. Consider this: Is it ever legal for a school board to require payment of $200 to Meals on Wheels as a condition for graduation? No. It is no different if that $200 is in the form of 20 hours of labor. It is not legal. It is extortion.

Ruth Dunnavan


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