On July 23, I posted to my Facebook page for everyone to see, “I respect, and will defend to my death, your right to live by your religious beliefs.”
So imagine my surprise two days later, when I opened up the Chieftain and a letter to the editor declared me prejudiced against all Christians and intolerant of all white religious leaders.
My printed religious-related criticisms (July 11 edition) were clearly restricted to those who disobey Christ’s teachings by wanting to greet the strangers with walls instead of welcomes, and by hating all Muslims because 0.005 percent of Muslims are jihadists. The letter signer placed great emphasis upon distinguishing between legal and illegal immigrants. But she uniformly supports our president’s proposed violations of our highest law, our Constitution, when those treated unconstitutionally would just happen to be brown or black.
Good Christians seriously question their own beliefs when confronted by inconsistencies of their beliefs with the teachings of Jesus. Those only claiming to be good Christians, like the letter- signer, cling to such beliefs unthinkingly.
After all, why bother considering those pesky inconvenient facts in my column that show you may be wrong, when you know you’re always right?
Regarding her Nazi comment: For those who care about facts and history, you will know (or want to know, if you truly love our country) that Hitler rose to power in Germany by utilizing the economic struggles and ethnic hatreds of Germany’s working class, by convincing them that his constant lies were the only truth, by portraying the press as lying enemies, by condemning scholars and intellectuals as elitists and by blaming the working class’s economic condition upon hated “others.”
In Germany, the hated others were Jews. Here, they are Muslims and immigrants (among others). The brown and the black.
Seeing any parallels yet?
Should my political choices ever coincide with the political choices of White Supremacists, I will subject my entire belief system to serious reevaluation and makeover. Wouldn’t any truly caring and reasonable person do the same?