ROBERT ANDREWS Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In fundamentalist Muslim countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran, gay men are legally killed for the crime of being gay. Religious bigotry is often behind gay bashing here, especially in our Bible Belt red states. Fundamentalists of any stripe believe they have the word of God and reject any modern idea that homosexuality is an natural expression. They're our enemies whether they're quoting the Bible or the Koran. They already know God's truth, so don't try to confuse them with facts. I think it's important to identify them as fundamentalists because fundamentalists share the arrogance of believing they know God's truth. This allows them to dehumanize us and treat us as though we're sins, not humans.
SCOTT SPITZNER via the Internet
Thank you for including Irshad Manji's "My Islam" in the May 23 issue. As a close friend of several moderate Muslims--gay and straight--I have been informed of the details of the inequality that still dominates the religion. I have witnessed the suffering of my dear friends for far too long, and, frankly, I am fed up! Great gains for equality have been made within the Christian religion, and I am confident that with the guidance of pioneers like Ms. Manji, we will find similar success within Islam. Gay-friendly religions can exist!
JULIA SUAZO San Jose, Calif.