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December 26, 2013

Dec. 26, 2013: Letters to the editor

‘What is wisdomand what is not?’

In his recent letter, Mr. Shaun Slack declares “all groups deserve full equality within the law” and, therefore, all groups deserve to have monuments placed upon government property.

Without any critical thought, Mr. Slack can declare all religions are equivalent, and many may agree. However, merely being a religion does not make one group the equivalent of another. The critical factor lies in doctrine.

If we were to follow Mr. Slack’s logic to its reasonable conclusion, then we would have to conclude it is in a government’s interest to display and support the beliefs of Christianity, satanism, Hinduism, Ku Klux Klanism, and any other group petitioning recognition. However, when reasonable people step back and consider the meaning of what is proposed, we discover a different outcome.

Christian doctrine includes love, peace, service, sacrifice, order and freedom. These are all attributes that are beneficial to the good order of government and the citizens it serves. Satanism is anti-Christian and, therefore, its doctrine includes hate, anger, strife, selfishness, chaos and enslavement. Placing a monument institutionalizing these attributes is not conducive to good government. Hinduism promotes a caste system that divides citizens into different social status levels; again, not an attribute conducive to the form of government we cherish in America.

Mr. Slack states that, while he does not believe that any religion’s beliefs are literally true, some might contain wisdom. From what standard does Mr. Slack determine what is wisdom and what is not? Because he decides so?

Not even all cultures universally declared that murder and theft were prohibited. The tribal cultures inhabiting the Promised Land practiced various forms of both, including child sacrifice. Even the Hebrews institutionalized forms of theft, murder and other sins during their periods of rebellion against God. While there were societies that prohibited murder and theft prior to the Ten Commandments, a few sporadic local laws did not make them universal; the Ten Commandments did.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill

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