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Let's count Christian ministers who've advocated death for gays

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To The Daily Sun,

Poisonous M&Ms? How about Don Ewing's mixed nuts and moldy swiss cheese? Ewing wrote that I implied, "that since so many Americans kill each other, we shouldn’t care that there are a 'few' terrorist victims. That’s crazy!" It certainly is crazy and I implied no such thing, liar. Both are very serious issues. It's about balance, because far more die at the hands of Americans than terrorists here. Gun violence is simply more important, number-wise, if preventing the loss of life is one's chief aim. According to The New America Foundation, which tracks terror incidents, your chance of being shot by an American is over 3,000 times that of being attacked by a terrorist. Last year there were 12,000 gun murders but bigots have more important things to rant about. There have been 152 mass shootings this year and it took Republicans being in the crosshairs to notice gun violence.

Mr. Ewing says Imam Farrokh Sekaleshfar, an advocate for killing gays, was invited to speak in Orlando. He forgets to mention Christian Pastor Kevin Swanson, who advocates killing gays. (Huckabee, Jindal, and Cruz attended his 'Freedom 2015' knowing this.) Or televangelist Ben Bailey of the "Gospel of Christ' TV program preaching God commands Christians to stone gays and prevent women from teaching. Or Baptist Pastor Roger Jimenez telling his congregation the Orlando massacre was "great" and "helps society." Or Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church agreeing 100 percent with Romero. Romero advocates the death penalty for gays. Or Steven Anderson of Tempe's Faithful Word Baptist Church applauding the Orlando massacre and calling for the death of all gays. Or Pastor Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, who wants the government to put gays to death. Or Jeff Smith, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Florida who equates homosexuals with serial killers, rapists, and child molesters. Or Pastor and Republican Andy Gipson in Georgia whose Facebook rants include saying gays, according to Leviticus, "are to be put to death." Or Lake Independent Baptist Church Pastor Dennis Leatherman’s fifty-minute sermon titled ,“Homosexuality and the Bible,” where he describes his struggle not to kill gays. Want more?

.Ewing also says, "there are 23,000 suspected terror suspects in the UK" MI-5 claimed there have been 23,000 "subjects of interest" investigated over the years and 3,000 are presently under watch in 500 investigations. Right wing sites changed the wording to "suspected terrorists." Embellish. Exaggerate. Inflate. Deceive. Orwellian duckspeak.

James Veverka
Tilton