To The Daily Sun,
In his recent letter to The Sun, John Demakowski defends "Bishop" Paul Blake's claim that God told him that the Holy Grail, a fine restaurant in Laconia, is suffering financially because it serves alcohol in a decommissioned church building. Like Mr. Blake, Mr. Demakowski always seems to know the will of the Almighty, right down to how people should vote (or dine).
Mr. Demakowski wrote: "Again if God did send Bishop Blake to minister in this manner, then Denise Burke and E. Scott Cracraft have become meddlers in this affair and could find themselves opposing God. I would be careful if I were them."
Tell me, is Mr. Demakowski making a subtle threat toward Ms. Burke and me? While some of the liberal/progressive writers to The Sun and I have been recipients of threats or harassment by those who do not agree with us, I normally would not consider such language a real threat. But, coming from religious fanatics like Mssrs. Demankowski and Blake, I find it a bit disturbing.
After all, I do not fear that God will punish Ms. Burke or I for honorably defending a local eatery against the likes of self-appointed false prophets like Mssrs. Demakowski and Blake. My "higher power," my conscience, tells me that defending innocent people against such bullies is the "right" thing to do.
I am much more afraid of men like Mssrs. Blake and Demakowki who claim to speak for God. This has to be the height of arrogance and presumptuousness. History proves that people like this are the real danger because frequently they also believe God has appointed them to carry out his judgment on those who disagree with them.
That is scary and when you think about it, there is really no qualitative difference between them and groups like ISIL. A religious fanatic is a religious fanatic, and many are extremely dangerous. The only real difference is that some of our Christian fanatics have not hurt as many people — yet. Should Ms. Burke and I file police reports just to be on the safe side? Laws (as well as medications) exist for such people.
Finally, the Holy Grail is a wonderful establishment. If Jesus indeed does return and decides to visit Laconia, we should all take him out to dinner there and he should not have to pay.
E. Scott Cracraft