As is commonly seen in letters to the editor, misinformation and ignorance of facts is often used to justify the author’s opinion. At times it makes for humorous reading.
Again today I came across a letter where the author misused terminology to tarnish or otherwise dissuade opinions regarding the reputation of a public official. The author of “Obama is lying to Christians” (Letters, Feb. 23) misused the term “taqiyya” when referring to Obama. Taqiyya is a religious “tool” (so to speak) that allows Muslims to deny their faith or commit acts of blasphemy when deemed necessary to protect oneself from threat of religious persecution or loss of life. This, as the letter writer mistakenly stated, does not allow Obama to lie without remorse to non-believers. Unless President Obama is being mortally threatened (um ... I doubt it), I don’t believe he is using the tactic of taqiyya.
Secondly, don’t we all have the right to freedom of religion? Regardless of his presidency, Obama, like the rest of us, has the right to freely practice the religion of his choice – be it Christianity or Islam. Can’t we keep religion out of politics?
Maia Johnson, Turlock