We want a word from God. When, before our eyes, hijacked airplanes crash into buildings, and the towers of the World Trade Center plunge to the ground snuffing out thousands of lives, when evil suddenly and irrevocably transcends the limits of what we have assumed is possible, we desperately seek to know what God intends for us.
We know where not to listen for a divine word. Not in the places where a twisted version of Islam proclaims that it is a holy duty for Muslims to kill Americans and their allies whenever and wherever possible. Official Islamic spokesmen around the world have rejected such views as an offense against the teachings of the Qur’an.