Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Christianity

May
9th

RELIGION: Abolish National Day of Prayer

I read an article in the Puyallup Herald about the National Day of Prayer event held in Puyallup. It stated that worship leaders of the event included a military chaplain, a state representative, first responders and the police chief. The mayor spoke at the event.

What in the world is going on? Government officials and public employees leading a religious event? Were they acting in an “official” capacity? Was this event city-sanctioned? Were any tax dollars used to pay for this event? Were other faiths besides Christianity participating, or asked to participate, in this event? The questions go on and

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Feb.
22nd

GOP: Government according to the Bible?

I remember when it was prudent to refrain from invoking the Bible or testifying how Christian, or what type of Christian, a candidate might be. John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, proclaimed he wouldn’t be beholden to the Vatican were he elected president; he would serve as president according to the Constitution.

It was understood this was how it is. After all, governmental powers and limitations are constructed by the Constitution, not the Bible. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would have you believe government should be run in accordance with biblical principles.

This is opposite what the founding fathers imagined. The

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Feb.
13th

MARRIAGE: Christians should oppose discrimination

I am a married, heterosexual Christian woman with three children. I am thrilled that Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the gay marriage bill.

It is unfortunate that some in the Christian community are using the Bible, a book that teaches “love God, love your neighbor as yourself” to continue to pursue discrimination. I am sure that similar views, and some of the same Bible texts, were used to justify making interracial marriage illegal a few decades ago.

The Bible has a lot of rules many Christians do not follow today. Leviticus 11 describes clean and unclean foods; how many Christians

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Jan.
24th

MARRIAGE: Christians with secular views on gay marriage

Sexual liberation has been for many years a central goal of those who speak for the secular and irreligious political left, and it is not surprising to find this segment of American culture now pressing for “gay marriage” as part of its crusade for “human rights.”

What is (or should be!) surprising is that a number of Christians also support “gay marriage.” This is a curious fact, and it shows that many contemporary Christians have only very shallow roots in their religious tradition, while down deep they are much more in sympathy with the frankly secular currents of American life.

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July
25th

NORWAY: Muslims also face unfair assumptions

Anders Breivik is a blond, Aryan, far-right, fundamentalist Christian, and one of history’s worst individual mass murderers.

“Why do they hate us so much?” “They hate our values and our freedom.” “He represents the real ideals of his religion, an ideology of hate.”

Will Christian fundamentalists who make such judgments about “Muslim terrorists” apply the same standards to their own? Or will they use a double standard and dismiss this act of “Christian terrorism” as an aberration committed by a lunatic?

The truth is, of course, that this man really is a lunatic. He no more represents the values of

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July
25th

NORWAY: Killer isn’t representative of Christian conservatives

I feel certain that I represent many Christian readers who are horrified by what took place in Norway last week. It is beyond the pale in every way; it is impossible even to imagine the terror experienced by the young people on that island.

As the story unfolds, I’m sure we will discover that the man behind this massacre was either terribly ill or evil. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Of course I am distressed to see him labeled as a “Christian conservative,” because I know it will be like gasoline thrown on a fire for some readers

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April
5th

QURAN QUOTES: Misreadings of Scripture?

A recent letter writer equated Muhammad and Jesus, asserting both were only teaching a pathway.

The problem is the nature of their respective paths. At the risk of being accused of cherry picking, in the Quran (Surah 2:191) Muslims are told, “…kill them where ever you find them…; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.”

Compare that to Jesus’s path (Matthew 26:52), “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Read both books, and determine for yourself which path leads to peace.

April
1st

ISLAM: Wars fueled by hostile misreadings of scripture

Re: “Stop cherry-picking alarming quotes from the Quran” (Leonard Pitts column, 3-29).

So much of what was said can be applied to Rep. Peter King, R-NY, and his ongoing witch hunt to seek the “traitors” within our country that believe in Islam.

So much like the 1950s McCarthy witch hunt for all those “communists” within society, King finds little more than his own selected, and convoluted interpretations of readings from the Quran to fortify his persecution and accusations against Islam.

Islam had the prophet Muhammad much as Christianity had the teachings of Jesus to follow. Jesus did not teach man

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