Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:58:11 -0800 [17/12/09 23:28:11 IST]
From: MARK CARPENTER
To: SULTAN SHAHIN Editor@NewAgeIslam.com
Subject: Kudos for New Age Islam!
Dear Mr. Sultan Shahin:
I'm a Lutheran Christian in the United States, and I just wanted to send you kudos and a big "THANK YOU" for your publication, "New Age Islam".
New Age Islam gives a completely different face to the Muslim faith, especially here in the United States where our conservative-dominated media portrays Islam as a medieval religion where its adherents go about blowing themselves up or beheading people willy-nilly.
New Age Islam is a badly-needed publication which shows the world that Muslims are reasonable, rational, intelligent people who would like to live in peace -- just as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. by and large are reasonable, rational, intelligent people who would like to live in peace.
I don't think Christians would be happy to be associated with the ugliness which is a part of
Christian extremism such as in Uganda, or Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps' church in Topeka, KS), or the xenophobic Christian Identity movement in the Western Hemisphere but many of us seem all-too-willing to overlook these groups as "aberrations" while using a very broad paintbrush to paint all Muslims as "terrorists" based on the actions of a few.
Thank you for this publication. It's one of the pieces of incoming email which I make a point of reading when I receive it.