It has been extremely distressful for all of us to watch news coverage of the random shootings of people in Paris.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to families, friends and every tearful eye in Paris and beyond.
This brutal and inhumane attack deserves condemnation by civilized people all over the world.
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Considering perpetrators of these heinous crimes in Paris “humans” would be an insult to humanity.
They may call themselves “Islamic State,” but their actions are barbaric and against the very basic teachings and tenets of Islam.
The Holy Quran says that killing even one innocent person is akin to killing whole mankind (5:32). That is exactly what the culprits did. They violated the very basic teaching in Quran.
The fact is, these extremists are nothing but politically motivated goons taking refuge under their self-proclaimed piety, love of country, love of humanity and even the love of Islam.
Islam should be judged through its scripture, not by acts of some misguided people who happen to call themselves Muslim.
M. Basheer Ahmed, chairman emeritus, Muslim Community Center for Human Services, Richland Hills
My response to race fans wishing to display the Confederate battle flag, justified by “heritage”: Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.
Admittedly, displaying this flag does convey “heritage” — Southern heritage, white-supremacy heritage, and racist heritage included.
So, if you choose to hoist this flag, keep in mind that everyone seeing it is entitled to assume that you embrace all of its heritage, not just the traits of individual bravery and resolute adherence to region and family values that you may intend.
Even if the original flag use was not sullied by inherent racism, it has been hijacked by anti-government hate groups far beyond our ability to redeem it.
I write this as a sixth-generation Texan who can count two dozen ancestors having served in the military of the Confederate States.
There are many Americans who do not follow a religious doctrine as they go about their lives.
What’s frightening is the number of Americans who live as though the end of the world is eminent.
The rapture may be what they look forward to, but we do not.
I don’t want those in positions of power and political authority making decisions about how America is run based on “end times” belief!
How can they make adequate decisions if they’re convinced that we’re are going to be destroyed by God at any moment?
I encourage every voter to put people into office who are living for the future of this country, not it’s probable destruction.
Please, let’s live as though we’ll all be here for a long time. The rest is just religious fervor. Enough!
Robert Cappa, Bedford