In Helen Gerhardt's essay, "Islam in Service to Our Country" (Dec. 13), she quoted passages from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, to show that, in the words of her fellow servicewoman and a Muslim, "We are all brothers of the book."
Unfortunately, a close reading of the Quran dispels the notion of a brotherhood among Muslims, Jews and Christians. For example, 5:51 of the Quran: "O ye who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors ... He ...that turns to them ... verily, Allah guideth not ..."
A similar example can be found in 9:29 of the Quran: "Fight those who believe not in Allah ... Nor acknowledge the religion ... from among the people of the book ... ." The "people of the book" are Christians and Jews.
Passages 5:51 and 9:29 are two of countless anti-Christian, anti-Hebrew quotes in the Muslim "Bible." If Muslims, Christians and Jews are to live as one in our country, they must begin by being honest about the Quran and its disturbing, hostile content.