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The Bible is no different than the Koran, there's lots of barbarism

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle says he doesn't care about Christianity's 1400 year history of horrific past violence but is obsessed with Islam's. Huh? He claims Islam promotes no freedom of religion, speech, thought, equality, or democracy. Neither does Judeo-Christian scripture. He now invites Mr. Stowe "to read the Koran for yourself and then decide if Islam is a religion of peace or not?" The Bible is no different. A little good stuff and lot's of barbarism.

Steve's God demands, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" upon penalty of death and Matthew 16:16 demands you to believe in Jesus or "be damned." Revelations 21:8 says, "Unbelievers, sorcerers, and idolaters will join the rest of the sinners "in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." Thessalonians 1:8 threatens, "In flaming fire" God will take vengeance on those "that obey not the gospel" who will "be punished with everlasting destruction." Steve's God rages in Exodus 31:14-15, keep the Sabbath or "be put to death". Witches and wizards are to be killed (Exodus 22, Leviticus 20). If one of your relatives embrace another god, "you shall certainly kill him" (Deuteronomy 13). In 2 Kings 22, God tells Josiah to tear down "all the pagan places of worship" and kill "all the pagan priests on the altars where they served". His God also declares blasphemy is punishable by death in Leviticus 24:16 and in Matthew 12 it is unforgivable. Steve's God!

Leviticus 12:2 states, "If a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, she will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her menstrual period. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days." Male slaves are freed after six years but "if a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not go out as male slaves go out." Women and baby girls are dirty! Colossians 3:18 orders, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands." Ephesians 5:22-24 demands submission because "the husband is the head of the wife." Corinthians 14:35 claims it's "a shame for women to speak in the church." 1 Corinthians 11:9; Women were "created for men!" 1 Timothy 2:11-14; Women are to "learn in silence with subjection" and they are not to teach or "usurp a man's authority!" Conservative Islam! In 1 Corinthians 11:3-10 and 1 Timothy 2:9, "women must cover their heads and dress with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing." No Bikinis, short shorts, mini-skirts, hot dresses, high-end attire, or bold jewelry for those dirty girls! And cover your hair, girl!

Steve Earle's God tells Moses in Leviticus 18, "men lying with men" is an "abomination" and Leviticus 20:13 declares homosexuals "shall surely be put to death." Romans 1 declares gays and lesbians have vile affections and are worthy of death. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, men who practice homosexuality "will not inherit the kingdom of God." Abominations? Vile affections? The Old Testament's answer is to murder them. The New Testament's answer is to burn them in fire and brimstone. God is love but if you don't believe he will torture you forever.

James Veverka
Tilton

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Community service requirement is way to increase student awareness

To The Daily Sun,

Letter writer Ruth Dunnavan misses a very important point in her article regarding community service for students. This program, which is a part of many schools throughout the country, is to encourage volunteer activism in the community. This is neither a fee or tax program. These programs help instill increased self-esteem for these students as well as awareness of the communities they live in. There are many school agendas that have requirements that students need to graduate. This by far is one of the most important ones.

Fire companies and EMS programs are based on volunteer participation in many communities. Political activities are often volunteer based. Many government boards such as planning boards, zoning boards are often volunteer staffed. In the New Hampton and Bristol area, SUN or Stand Up Newfound is dedicated to helping those afflicted with substance addiction is run by volunteers.

Our country has long histories of many organizations staffed by volunteers. The Revolutionary War was almost totally volunteer. The Civil War had volunteers to fight in this period of time. The list is endless.

It is really essential to open the doors of volunteers to the students as part of their education. It is a learning process. In addition, one better appreciates the efforts that volunteers contribute to their communities.

Soup kitchens rely often on volunteers to help the homeless. Some students go among the homeless by setting up "sleep camps" in the streets to better understand the lot the homeless face.

This requirement of community service is an honorable way to help develop students and increase their awareness of what is in their community. It will also help them to be better informed citizens when they become eligible to vote, and pay taxes. In addition, students can choose the community service they wish to participate in.

Lastly, the internal rewards of self-esteem and personal satisfaction that comes from this experience is without limitations.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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