Editor:

The mass murder of gays is indeed a “hate” crime, as President Obama states. However, what he and most others do not state is the source of the hatred of gays. The source is the Quran, which clearly states followers should “throw gays off the top of the highest building.” No, that is not bias or Islamaphobic talk. It is simply the truth. Unless and until we begin having an honest dialogue about what is actually written in the Quran about homosexual and Jew hatred as well, we cannot begin to understand or stop these mass murders. They will continue on and on. We witness beheadings, women being stoned, other horrors by ISIS, which is simply following what is in the Quran. No, that does not mean all Muslims will do the same, but it does mean we all had better begin speaking honestly about the Quran’s teachings, which appeal to some.

Here is a quote from a manual of Islamic law, al-Siyaasah al-Shar’iyyah, as reproduced at IslamQA.com: “Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas said: The highest point in the town should be found and the homosexual should be thrown headfirst from it, then stones should be thrown at him.

“Ibn ‘Abbaas derived this hadd punishment from the punishment that Allaah sent upon the homosexuals of the people of Loot.”

It quotes a saying of Muhammad from a hadith: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslim, O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ Only the Gharkad tree would not do that, because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)[29]”

Ginette Weiner, Scottsdale

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