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LETTER: The wise go beyond smart

To the Editor: This is in rebuttal to Dr. Joel Allen's response to David Eitemiller's concern about Dr. Mohammad Qamar's Dec. 6 visit to Dakota Wesleyan University. Dr. Allen gave three reasons why it was "wise" to allow the visit. His ending arg...

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To the Editor:

This is in rebuttal to Dr. Joel Allen's response to David Eitemiller's concern about Dr. Mohammad Qamar's Dec. 6 visit to Dakota Wesleyan University. Dr. Allen gave three reasons why it was "wise" to allow the visit.

His ending argument was that DWU students were smart enough not to be converted over to Islam. Dr. Allen may not know that "smart" people may not be "wise." Wise requires the ability to discern when one is being deceived by falsehoods.

Did the leadership of DWU conduct a spiritual test on Dr. Qamar that is found in 1 John: 1-3 which states, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."

Since Allah did not have a son, should we believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God? If anyone, not just Muslims, rejects Jesus as divine, then they fail the spiritual test. That is not a bigoted position, that is a Biblical Christian faith statement. The bigotry is on those who attack Christians who believe in the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

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Dr. Allen also used the Golden Rule to support the premise that all religions deserve the free exercise of religion. Dr. Qamar should then explain why Sioux Falls immigration attorney Taneeza Islam and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Sioux Falls Mohammed Sherif falsely attacked Shahram Hadian, whose family immigrated from Iran, when he came to Sioux Falls in April 2017 to explain why he converted from Islam and became a Christian pastor. Taneeza Islam even requested that the hotel should cancel the event.

Is Dr. Allen wise enough to truly understand Wahhabism?

Steve Sibson

Mitchell

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