Open Letter to Muslims

Dear Muslims,
I would like to tell you that not all Christians and not all Americans wish to burn your Holy Book.  This heinous act is being perpetrated in you by a very small insignificant group of people and not representative of all American and all Christians.

My faith teaches me that we are to love everyone.  We are to pray for everyone and we are to forgive everyone.  This is not easy but being a faithful person is not supposed to be easy.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Everything that a right believing Christian is to do is to be done from a place of love and fall into the trap of hate.  Hate is a destructive force in the lives of anyone.  Hate does not come from God the creator of all, hate comes from the Devil the Prince of Lies.  The actions of this man in Florida are not acts of love they are acts of hate and I condemn these actions as hate filled and unChristian.

I call on all people of all faiths to stand with me, shoulder to shoulder, and condemn all acts of violence and terrorism based on religion. I would ask you to call on your fellow Muslims and urge them not to play into this extremists hands by causing violence.  Acts of violence committed because of this mans actions will only fuel the fires of hate.  There has been enough death and enough killing.

September 11th is a day when we should remember those who lost their lives due to the extreme positions of another small group of people.  It is a day that we should be praying for those who serve us and keep us safe each and everyday, not a day that will only continue the hate, the hate that brought down the Twin Towers, the hate that crashed into the Pentagon, and the hate that crashed into that field in Pennsylvania.  It has to end and it has to end now.

Please pray with me that this will come to an end.

V. Rev. Fr. Peter M Preble
Southbridge, Massachusetts 


  1. I'm not sold on the fact Islam is a "peaceful" religion. That is an obvious charade. I suggest Traveling to the Middle East and witness for yourself. The way they treat women is just horrible. A mother to be whipped 99 time BEFORE she is stoned to death this week, for a picture posted in a British publication of her without covering her face. These atrocities shouldn't be accepted.

  2. In stereotypical fashion, when people think of Jesus and war, they either view him as a Gandhi-like pacifist or a Genghis-Khan-like crusader. Both pictures are errant. And they are often created by the polarized selections of scripture that are used to try to lean us in either extreme. The truth is, for all the passages on love and sacrifice, there are others on protection and defense.

    Consider these few words of Jesus.

    … let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one.

    The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.

    Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

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