Letters to the Editor: July 18 – 24, 2013

Letter to the Editor Was Bigoted, Vitriolic Towards Christians


As a Jew I feel duty bound to respond to the bigoted, vitriolic letter you printed last week regarding Christians, their beliefs, and the reasons for them. I can’t and won’t stand idly by while a different religion than mine is ridiculed and demeaned like that. Some Christians may sin; however, some are the finest people I know.

I don’t know if the writer of the letter (the writer) you printed studied Christianity but I did. If the writer you printed read the New Testament and seminal Christian philosophical and theological writings the writer you printed might have learned the importance of Salvation by Deed vs. Salvation by Faith. Although Christians have had disagreements about this over the years, the New Testament is filled with examples of both. It’s irrelevant whether the New Testament is historically accurate: it needn’t be.

Are real sour grapes and a real fox needed for a real lesson in real life? If it must be recent indisputable factual history, the letter you printed teaches plenty: it is a lesson in narrow-mindedness, intolerance, haughtiness, and contempt. I hope FCNP readers are “more Christian” than the malevolent ill will contained in the letter you printed.

As stated in Matthew 7:1-2: “Judge not, lest ye be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” I’m a Jew, just as Matthew once was. Although the New Testament isn’t part of the Canon of my Faith, if it were I’m comfortable with this letter in relation to Matthew 7:1-2.

Furthermore, the writer you printed missed the point of Mr. Besen’s article. Mr. Besen wrote “I’m not claiming that religion helps no one become a better person.” The article questioned blind faith, not Christianity. Although I don’t agree with everything Mr. Besen wrote, there is value in questioning blind faith.

Finally, I offer this letter as a dose of Thomas Jefferson’s cure.

Dave Rifkin

Via the Internet


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