Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Christianity

May
4th

RELIGION: Christians face genocide in the Middle East

Christians in the world face genocide. The world is shown the pictures of Coptic Christians beheaded by ceremonial dressed executioners.

The radical Muslims in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are executing, torturing, raping and enslaving Christians and others who do not convert to their interpretation of Muslim worship. In Paris, the radical Muslims executed several groups of Christians and Jews.

Our American president at each execution deplores the violence in a few sentences. Recently at a Christian prayer in Washington, D.C., the president reminded the Christian audience of the century-old Crusades and Inquisition executions and suggested Christians think of their own

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April
14th

CHRISTIANS: More leaders must speak out against attacks

Re: ”Attacks on Christians cry for world’s condemnation” (editorial, 4-8).

This was a very timely and well-written editorial expressing my same opinions. As a practicing and active Christian all my life, I have a hard time just standing by doing nothing but praying for the victims in the Middle East and Africa.

I have to ask, why don’t Christian leaders and their organizations, besides the pope, publicize and condemn these terrible acts on Christians and even Muslims? Also, I think our country’s leadership could do more.

 

Feb.
12th

ISLAM: Solution must start with Muslims

Re: “Condemnation of Islam is the wrong course” (Michael Gerson column, 2-10).

Condemning Islam is counter-productive, but ignoring reality is equally harmful.

Comparing medieval Christianity to radical Islam is naive. The political influence of Christianity has declined since 1648. Islam, on the other hand, is not only a religion, it is also a social construct including a legal code and political system.

Most Muslims oppose al-Qaida and the Islamic State, but that is irrelevant. As long as this minority can wreak havoc in the name of Islam, then Islam has a problem.

We are witnessing the Islamic Reformation. The

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Jan.
12th

RELIGION: Ignorance leads to offensive acts

A tenet of Islam may provide a clue to the infamy in Paris. Islam prohibits any image of the prophet Muhammad. A messenger of God without an image is nonexistent in the image-driven media and culture of the West’s secular mainstream. Yet any image of the messenger of God is offensive to 25 percent of the world’s population.

How offensive is an image of the messenger of God to a Muslim, particularly one generated by a non-Muslim that negatively portrays the messenger? Could it be as offensive as a Caucasian yelling the N-word in a black neighborhood?

Religion throughout history more than

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April
17th

JUDAISM: Your ignorance and bias are showing

Re: “Murders: Hatred of Jews springs eternal” (editorial, 4-17).

Your ignorance and bias are showing. While it is true that we Jews have been the target of an untold number of unsuccessful attempts to exterminate and discriminate against us, past and present, Jews are not an ethnic group any more than Christians are an ethnic group.

We believe in the Jewish religion, and may be American, British, Spanish, German, live in the Middle East, etc.

I was pleased to learn, by your implication and my inference, that the Christian Bible is not biased, since you were so quick to point

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April
3rd

PITTS: Love thy enemy a seldom-followed teaching

Re: “Proof that love can – with time – overcome evil” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-3).

This column reminded me of the first two centuries of Christianity after Jesus’ death. Roland Bainton, the famed professor of ecclesiastical history at Yale University Divinity School, says in his 1960 book “Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace”: “We may say that ecclesiastical authors before Constantine condemned Christian participation in warfare.”

The very early Christians followed the teaching of Jesus to love the enemy, as Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). That

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Nov.
14th

VETERANS: War memorial excludes many faiths

For those of you that have not seen the religious monument at War Memorial Park by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, let me describe it.

Above the monument is a faded photograph of three caucasian gentlemen with a caption that reads: “The religious monument paying tribute to the courage and patriotism of Americans of all faiths was dedicated in March 1961. The brass symbols are mounted on a block of sandstone, which itself rests on a concrete base.”

These brass symbols? A cross and a Star of David.

If you believe that Christianity and Judaism represent all faiths in our military

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May
31st

MARRIAGE: Christians wrong to assimilate with cultural trends

Re: “Christians must base belief on Bible, not culture,” (letter, 5-11).

After reading this letter, I was very encouraged. Not everyone may agree with how one lives their life, but I really appreciate one thing the writer mentioned: It is wrong that Christians are assimilating with cultural trends.

As a Christian, I find it hard to find Christians who truly know and follow the Bible. In my opinion, the Bible is a stepping stone of faith. If you’re a professed Christian, you should know the Bible and why you’re a Christian.

It is very encouraging to see someone not

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