Dear Amos Taj:
As a Muslim living here in America, I would like to address a few points in your letter to the editor that I found offensive: First of all, Muslims believe in the Divine origin of the Old and New Testament scriptures, and thus, our religion could never drive us to disrespect them or their followers in any way. Secondly, The Holy Quran says, "There should be no compulsion in religion" (2:257). With these words at the core of our faith, any action committed against another in the name of religion must be considered against the teachings of Islam. Finally, as a Muslim woman, I do not feel oppressed, rather, I feel that my religion gives me an empowering voice and stand that I otherwise would not have experienced. I hope that I have cleared the myriad misconceptions you had about my religion, and that one day, this clearing may lead to a society of tolerance for Christians towards Muslims and vice versa.