Re: “Book-burning pastor gives religion a bad name,” Naomi Lakritz, Opinion, April 5.
I would like to thank Naomi Lakritz for pointing out how naive some people can be when it comes to religion. She wonders whatever happened to “love thy neighbour.” Well, in most religions, it’s very in-group love, out-group hostility. This is also true with Christianity.
A prime example of this would be Luke 19:26: “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” To say that Pastor Terry Jones is a “religious fanatic” for being out-group hostile is in plain violation of many verses of the Bible. Moderate religion allows for religious fanaticism in very dangerous ways, such as war and suicide bombing.
To make it seem as if atheists are opportunistic because of this, is insulting to them. However, it does give atheists a good example to point at when saying, “This is actually literally OK in your holy scriptures.”
Colin DeWolfe, Calgary