The front-page article of the Saturday, July 12, Joplin Globe regarding establishing a special prayer room for the Muslim worshipers was indeed a shocking news item, that as the writer said would find many opponents to this action by the hospital.

I am grateful that the hospital is sensitive to the religious aspects of their personnel and others, yet am very much concerned that they have become selective in the attention to the Muslim faith. The existing chapel, as I understand, is and was established to accommodate worship, prayer, etc., for all faiths. In this day of financial crunching, it seems, something must be taking place other than meeting the spiritual needs.

I am very limited in my understanding of the teachings of the Muslim faith; however, I am much aware of the age-long battle of their intention to bring about the conversion of all nations to their teachings and way of life, by any means. In recent years, both here in America and all over the world, the atrocities of this attempt by adherents to Muslim teaching have exemplified the extent to which they will go to accomplish their goal. Muslim leadership in our country is contending that these atrocities are attributed to “extremists,” yet the Muslim community and leadership both here and in other parts of the world are not taking any formal or vocal action to condemn and denounce the purposes of this activity.

Just recently, the British courts have or are adopting laws that will countermand the laws of the British courts to allow Muslim teachings to circumvent British law.

As an American and devoted Christian of Baptist persuasion, I believe every person should have the right to his or her commitment to a faith, and will, and have defended their right to practice it, especially here in America, yet I do not accept the practice of allowing anyone to have special privileges and or support from taxpayers who, by their citizenship, are to be committed to “equal” rights as described by our Constitution. “Equal rights” should never be exercised as “special privileges.”

The biblical description of a prayer should never be ascribed to as a “special place.”

Floyd W. Weston


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