Robert Olson asked in a letter to The Tribune on Sept. 18 (“Where’s the outrage?”) that one Muslim write a letter to The Tribune condemning the Islamic State for “subverting the religion of Islam.”
That didn’t happen, so I, as a Christian — specifically a United Methodist — am stepping up to condemn many things done in the name of Christianity that subverts Christianity.
You can begin with the Crusades, the Inquisition, Pogroms, topped off with the Holocaust! As Americas, we brought thousands of Africans here and condemned them to slavery. We killed million of Native Americans, stole their land and then sent the survivors off to reservations. I condemn all of these actions as subverting the religion of Christianity.
I would also include more recent events such as the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, neither of which had attacked us, as subverting my religion.
Perhaps a Muslim will step up and condemn the Islamic State, and then we can begin a dialogue that could result in more peace and less violence in our world.