As he sentenced a troublemaking local pastor to serve probation time, pay $300 in fines and stay at least 1,000 feet away from the Islamic Society of Wichita, Sedgwick County District Judge Phil Journey delivered a worthy message last week not only to the pastor but to the community: The Constitution provides protection for people of all faiths. “What if the shoe had been on the other foot and someone from the Islamic center had come to your place and tried to convert your members and had blocked your driveway?” Journey asked Mark Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Ministry. Holick had been convicted of loitering and disturbing business at the Islamic center as local Muslims observed the holy month of Ramadan. Especially as the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 nears, Wichitans and all Americans need to remember that the country was attacked not by Islam but by terrorists who’d twisted Islam to serve evil. As President Bush put it in visiting a D.C. mosque just seven days after the 2001 attacks: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. Islam is peace.”
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