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Who is more deadly?

To the letter writer who is concerned about fundamentalists: How do you know that “fundamentalists” are the most dangerous threat to the U.S.? And what is a “fundamentalist?” Baptist? A Methodist? A community church member? How have they personally threatened you? Have they sent suicide bombers to hit your favorite coffee house? Have they blown up the Center for the Arts? Do they stone women for showing their ankles or faces? Have they hijacked commercial airplanes and hurled them into large buildings, killing thousands of people?

Perhaps you meant only sarcasm when you said “radical fundamentalists and anti-abortionists are no different than the fundamentalist terrorists stalking Iraq and the Mideast.” Surely you weren’t serious? Do you personally know any “fundamentalists?” Have you ever gone to church with one? Have you studied “their” Bible for yourself? How many people have anti-abortionists killed? And how many babies die yearly by abortion? Who is more deadly? Finally, why do you think that churchgoing Republicans are statistically happier than non-churchgoing Democrats? I don’t think it’s the party affiliation that brings us happiness; it’s the faith that, even though each of us is a flawed human being, God offers us redemption. How extreme is that?

Heather Donesky



San Juan Ridge


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