W. LaRochelle: History proves the contrary

In an article titled “Lesson from Saudi Arabia ” (Dec. 9), Bates professor Loring M. Danforth asserted that many Americans harbor “dangerously inaccurate” ideas about Islam. But in light of the ideas he presented, I feel compelled to reply that his report is a dangerously false depiction of the religion, a politically correct whitewash.

Danforth states that the adherents of Islam, Judaism and Christianity all believe in what he is pleased to regard as “one God” and that they share a common religious tradition that includes the Torah, the Old Testament and the New — a notion that suggests that the differences dividing these theisms are ultimately unimportant.

In fact, the differences are all-important and ineradicable; and of the three religions, surely none is more insistent on this than Islam, which excludes all but Muslims from paradise and is determined to bring the whole world into subjection to Allah, whose hatred of non-Muslims undeniably permeates the Koran.

And yet Danforth doesn’t shrink from asserting that “Allah is the God of everyone, even people who don’t believe in him.” Insofar as Allah is regarded as the creator, that’s certainly true. But it’s obvious that Danforth means to suggest something more: that everyone is acceptable to him, irrespective of their beliefs — an idea perfectly alien to Islam proper.

“Islam is the religion of freedom,” Danforth dares to maintain — as if the Koran, hadith and 1,400 years of Muslim history didn’t decisively prove the contrary: that Islam is the religion of bondage and intolerance par excellence.

William LaRochelle, Lewiston

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RONALD RIML's picture

Christianity is certainly in good company

with William LaRochelle's Islam of "bondage and intolerance par excellence." Bill simply needs to study history rather than preach histrionics.

And he's obviously not aware that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all find their roots in the Abrahamic tradition.

William LaRochelle's picture

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

all find their roots in the Abrahamic tradition? You don't say, ron. Bottom line, they're three different gods fabricated by man, which is why Islam doesn't recognize Allah in Christianity's triune god, Judaism doesn't recognize theirs in him, either, etc.

I'm well aware of Christianity's history of bondage and intolerance; the comparison denoted by "par excellence" obviously flew over your head.

RONALD RIML's picture

You claim 'Whitewash"

while you wallow in 'Hogwash'

Some day I'll learn not to enter into discussion with Religious Nuts......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

While Frank Sinatra sings,

While Frank Sinatra sings, "Stormy Weather", the flies and the spiders get along together.....

William LaRochelle's picture


I'm antireligious.

RONALD RIML's picture

You still qualify.


William LaRochelle's picture

Write a letter to the editor, ron.

Or will you pretend to be unwilling to dignify the letter of a "religious nut" with a retort? Go ahead. I'll answer it unless someone else beats you to the punch.

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Ron never writes letters ...

... because he never has any original thoughts and the newspaper frowns on plagiarism. He camps out here 24/7 waiting to pounce. Give him the attention he deserves - none.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"The enemy of my enemy is not

"The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend", said the all knowing parrot.

William LaRochelle's picture

Thanks, Mike

I should have realized as much, given that I've never noticed his name in the letters section, but only in this forum. If he decides to pass on my challenge to write such a letter, I'll know to ignore him in this forum from now on.

RONALD RIML's picture

Unlike you, William

I don't require 'Circulation Wide' notoriety for my opinions.

Have a ball ignoring me.

William LaRochelle's picture

Attaboy, Ronald:

Keep to the shadows. Since you lack the balls, looks like I win.

RONALD RIML's picture

No 'Shadows' while we use our real names here

(Which I always have)

You're merely egotistical and stupid enough to claim a victory you never won.

William LaRochelle's picture

Uh-huh. Right, Mr. Riml.

Like I said: No balls. You lose by default because of your transparent refusal to take up my challenge of writing a letter to the editor.. Try & suck it up. This is my last reply to your posts.

RONALD RIML's picture

"This is my last reply to your posts."

Where have I heard that before.........

Sure, Willie. And name yourself Pope while you're at it.

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JOANNE MOORE's picture


We are all in this wild ride called life together. Enjoy!


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