To The Daily Sun,
Jesus warned his apostles that they would be persecuted for his name's sake, and nearly all of them were tortured and killed. In the world today, there are more than 50 countries where the practice of Christianity is either severely restricted or illegal. Believers are often denied jobs and education, have their homes and churches destroyed, and over 1,000 are murdered every day. Fortunately, this is not happening in our country — yet. When our freedom of speech and the written word is abused and become toxic to any religious body or racial group, there is a very short distance to the inciting of hatred and fostering of divisions among us.
Mr. Veverka calls Dr. Ben Carson a "nut". The doctor was raised in poverty by a single mom yet became a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon, recipient of more than 50 honorary doctorates, and holder of the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Come to think of it, Dr. Martin Luther King — another "nut" — received the Nobel Peace prize. Of course, there was Mother Teresa. Can't we all give credit where credit is due? I recently spent an entire morning learning about Christians who were or are scientists, physicists, educators, and biologists. Many famous leaders in our country's history were African Americans who were Christians.
There are over 2.9 billion people in the world who identify as Christian. Seems to me some might say or do things that are reprehensible. Since state and federal courts have ruled that atheism and secular humanism are religions, could it be that some individuals in them are an embarrassment to other folks in those groups?
For the record, there is no biblical prohibition against inter-racial marriage. After all, Moses was married to a black woman. Also, my LGBT friends will be surprised to hear that I "hate" them, according to Mr. Veverka. Disagreement about one's lifestyle does not equate to hate. We are all equal in the eyes of God, all sinners in need of grace and salvation. Slavery 4,000 years ago was a bit different than it is in modern times. The Bible reports on many historical and cultural things that it doesn't tell believers to agree with. The treatment of blacks in this country was a horrible blight on our history, but it was Christians who put an end to it.
Finally, regarding the millions killed during the Irish "troubles," my family from Galway tells me that it was more political and economic than religious. Frankly, I'd rather believe them than believe Mr. Veverka.
Linda J. Wood
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