The letter writer from Jacksonville (Tar Heel Voices, Aug. 13) disagrees with Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore and International Mission Board president David Platt because they submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Muslims who want to build a mosque. The writer would also find himself in disagreement with none other than George W. Truett.
Dr. Truett’s presidential address to the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Atlanta in July 1939 was entitled “The Baptist Message and Mission for the World Today.”
He cited the Baptist insistence that religious liberty “is the God-given and indefeasible right of every human being,” and then added: “And Baptists make this contention, not only for themselves, but as well, for all others – for Protestants of all denominations, for Romanists, for Jews, for Quakers, for Turks, for Pagans, for all men everywhere.” The language may be archaic, but the sentiment is pure Baptist.
It’s also Christian. I memorized the Golden Rule this way: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Not as they actually do unto me, but as I wish they would do unto me. We should treat Muslims in America the same way we would want to be treated in a Muslim-dominated country. The letter writer argues, and it’s true enough, that they may not actually treat us that way; but how they treat us is not the standard. The standard is the Golden Rule.
Let’s rejoice in the liberty granted to each person by God, let’s be kind to one another, and let’s support those Muslims who want to build their mosque.
Buies Creek, N.C.