As president, ‘Ike’ an effective leader
In the 1950s, I would have been an Eisenhower Republican, as his policies ended the Korean War and kept us at peace during a dangerous Cold War. President Eisenhower refused to reduce taxes so he could balance the budget and build our interstate highway system, and stood tall for the rights of all Americans when he signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1957. He also warned us about the danger to our freedoms posed by the emerging military-industrial complex. Today, anyone espousing this thinking is called a weak tax-and-spend liberal. The irony is both amusing and troubling.
DENIS E. VOGEL, OXFORD
Let’s make no more apologies for Islam
The Quran is considered to be the absolute, immutable, infallible word of Allah. No Muslim is allowed to question it. To do so is considered so offensive to the faith, Sharia’s remedies are draconian, to say the least. Jihad, or holy war, is central to the faith. Followers are commanded to convert us unbelievers by whatever means necessary, violence not excepted, and refusing Muslim entreaties can and has resulted in the deaths of thousands throughout history.
Some apologists for Islam claim the jihad is an internal struggle with oneself, an argument that has absolutely no basis in Islamic history or its holy books. Please. No more statements from anyone, particularly our presidents, about moderate Islam. “Moderate” and “Islam” are mutually exclusive terms.
RON SLADE SR., COVINGTON