Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/02/2012

Where's the sensitivity?

I am not surprised that the music program held at First Congregational Church has been called "discriminatory."

I ask you to look at this from a different point of view. If a concert were held in a Muslim mosque, Christians would not be allowed inside. If the name of our Lord Jesus Christ were to be sung in the mosque it would be banned. I don't call this discrimination but awareness.

Believers of different faiths would not wish for anyone of another faith to voice the name of their God in their place of worship.

Where is the sensitivity of non-Christians to accept what we believe? Where is their tolerance for us?

It's not wrong to object to something that would dishonor our God. This was held in a Christian church, if not satisfied, hold the event at another location where no religion will be offended.

Also, why did this make the front page?

Mary Miller


Common ground

Offensive is censoring the musical body of work and the ignorance behind the decision.

In 1739 Benjamin Franklin helped establish a non-denominational meeting house in Philadelphia, because churches denied a visiting Methodist and said, "even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service."

Documented Muslim soldiers have fought for American freedoms since the Civil War. The Pentagon has an Interfaith Chapel where weekly services are held for Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Mormons, Protestants, Catholics and Episcopalians with a stained glass window designed by a vet that says, "United in Memory."

The first five books of the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah are the same and begin with Genesis. We share common ground in faith and in becoming America.

We believe some local Christians could use a little "Call To Prayer."

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