Gender equality elusive in Muslim countries

Re: "Thank U.S. for Muslim women's accomplishments," From Readers, March 8

Jason Ramage wrote an excellent response to Aneela Wadan's March 7 assertions about the rights of Muslim women ("Muslim women have more rights than Westerners"). Of course, the fact is that there is no gender equality in Islam; females are second-class citizens.

If Ms. Wadan doubts this, she can verify it by going to an Islamist country, taking off her hijab and speaking to every man she meets.

Recall what happened to Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani teenager who dared to say that females deserve an education.

By the way, Malala has been nominated for a 2013 Nobel Prize, to be awarded in October.

Steve Dowling


Church leaders must resist growing police state

What is it going to take for churches to wake up and realize that America is in the throes of a burgeoning police state? Their long-standing veneration for law and order does not include blind submission to governmental abuse of power. Yet it seems that very few Christian conservatives are even paying attention to what is happening before their very eyes.

For example, the Department of Homeland Security has purchased more than 2 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition (enough to wage a 30-year war) and more than 7,000 AR-15s, which DHS calls "personal defense weapons." These are the same semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines that are called "assault rifles" when you and I buy them.

How can people stay in and support a church whose pastor will not take a stand for their liberties? Do they not realize that anybody who refuses to fight is a willing accomplice to the demise of our republic and is helping put the shackles of tyranny and oppression around the necks of their families?

Stephen Brown

Mechanicsville, Va.

The more the feds spend, the worse things get

Physicists know that you cannot pinpoint the exact location of an electron because the very act of observation changes its position.

They call it Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty.

As I see it, there must be a similar principle at work in politics. For instance, President Obama thinks massive federal spending will bring about "social justice," but the more we spend, the more elusive that goal becomes.

How do I know? Before Obama, I cannot recall seeing any homeless women living on the streets, with rare exceptions. After four years of Obama's spending, I am seeing such unfortunate souls a lot more often.

Apparently the very act of massive spending only moves "social justice" further from our reach. I wish I had an answer, but I don't think redistributing the wealth is it.

Glen B. Dunning

Las Vegas