This letter was published in The Boston Globe on Sunday, June 19, 2016:
To the Editor:
Paul Ryan’s critique of Trump’s anti-Muslim sentiments is as flawed as Trump’s view. Ryan says, “This is a war with radical Islam. It’s not a war with Islam. Muslims are our partners.”
This is not a war with any part of Islam, because those who use the name of a faith as cover for committing terror are by definition not members of that faith, no matter what they call themselves. Self-described Christians who bomb federal buildings or shoot doctors in the back at medical clinics are not the least bit Christian, either. Rather, all these pretenders are “taking the Lord’s name in vain”, a phrase which has nothing whatsoever to do with swearing and has all to do with defiling a religion by committing acts which are anathema to the deity it worships.
The writer is a retired minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA)