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Don’t call kettle black

A couple of weeks back, a reader wrote (“Religion at the fair,” Aug. 18) complaining about the unfairness of one religion’s “Jesus Christ” being put over all other beliefs at our county fair. In response last week, another reader wrote in to taunt him (“We’re so sorry,” Aug. 26), and he, so typical of the tunnel-visioned, announced his religion was “the truth.”

“Truth?” You want honest truth? Well, according to the Bible, God has no problem blaming one for another’s wrongs. For instance, today all women still carry the punishment (pain in childbirth) of Eve’s “sin.” (Wasn’t Jesus to have lifted all sin?) According to the Bible, God has no problem devaluing women (slaves) to half the value of men (50 shekels vs. 100). And according to the Bible, God has no problem hurting, torturing, and killing children (listed many times over).

Regardless of this, I believe that most Christians do have a personal relationship with a loving, universal spirit/awareness. The trouble starts (as in other religions) when one group sees the righteous need to force their version down the throats of others, instead of recognizing the compassion most all groups share.

So please: Don’t call the kettle black.

Tom Gleason

Rough and Ready

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