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On Sept. 22, 2006, my letter “Methods of religious conversions similar,” was published in The Lancaster News. Back then all the rage was over comments Pope Benedict made during a speech about Muhammad. Six years later, with current events in mind, it seems like déjà vu.
The ongoing protests in the Middle East have been connected to growing outrage over the low budget film “Innocence of Muslims.” The jury is still out on whether the attack on the American embassy in Libya is directly related to the video or if opportunistic terrorists used it to carry out a preplanned attack, coincidentally on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Arab conspiracy theorists claim that the United States government is behind the video, utilizing it in a secret Zionist war against Islam. Why would the United States help liberate Libya from a tyrant just to rile them up again? This doesn’t make sense. But, then again, how can you possibly reason with the unreasonable?
According to the Treaty of Tripoli, signed on Nov. 4, 1796, by President John Adams: “As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion, – as it has in itself no character or enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of [Muslims] […]”
World peace is possible one country at a time. Hopefully the state department can set the record straight about who’s responsible for the video and how our founding fathers established our foreign policy of peace with Muslim nations 216 years ago.