In the May 28, 2019 edition of the Manchester Times, a letter by Harley Meyers, an admitted Democrat, criticized District Attorney Craig Northcott for his opinions of her ”Muslim friends and neighbors.”

If Northcott is wrong, it should have been no problem for Meyers to refute each of his assertions, yet she did not even try to contradict a single point. Rather than address the specific criticisms brought by Northcott, Meyers launched a personal attack.  She arrogantly assumed that he was wrong, she was right, everyone must agree with her, and then she suggested ways to punish him for his wrong-headedness.

Let’s look at some of the facts that support Northcott and reveal Meyer’s profound lack of understanding about her so-called ”Muslim friends.”

Fact: Observant Muslims do not have non-believer friends.

Proof: The Quran (5:51)  -  O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya' (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya' to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya', then surely he is one of them.”

Fact: Muslims that have non-believer friends are doomed to Hell.

Proof: Quran (5:80) -  “You see many of them taking the disbelievers as their Auliya' (protectors and helpers). Evil indeed is that which their own selves have sent forward before them, for that (reason) Allah's Wrath fell upon them and in torment they will abide.”

Fact: Muslims despise non-believers.

Proof: Quran (8:55) - “Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve.”

There are literally dozens of other quotations from the Quran which refute almost every Muslim claim to peace, charity, tolerance, coexistence, inclusivity, democracy, equality, or most other moral values prized by this country, the Constitution, and civilized nations.

However, I do thank Meyers for giving us a terrific example of the negative power of ignorance and political correctness.

Joseph Heintz

Manchester, Tenn.