Letter: Religion letter misleading

In reference to the May 10 letter “Erroneous judgement on religion,” Wayne Pace conveniently used only Muslims to agree with Michael Polito that religion is and has been used to perpetuate ideologies that caused death and destruction to the masses.

He conveniently left out the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades which killed millions of Muslims and some Jewish people. I’m sure he would be quick to point out that this was carried out by Catholics and had nothing to do with Christians even though they both profess Jesus as their savior.

Then he proclaims that the quotes from the Old Testament that Polito used were out of context. He says the examples of genocide, murder, intolerance, rape and misogamy were given as examples to teach right from wrong.

Then why do Christians use the “eye for an eye” scripture to justify the death penalty and the killing of innocent men, women and children in war. You can’t have it both ways.

Just about everyone who has studied world history will agree that religious wars have killed as many people as other wars. I have this crazy belief that God considers all wars the same, whether it is religious, godless or righteous, because innocent people are killed.

God’s commandment was, “Thou shalt not kill.” Also, Jesus said love thine enemies and turn the other cheek. I have only read the Bible; I have not done a thorough study, so apparently I am wrong.

What I would really like to know about Pace’s letter is, what Godly principles that our Constitution is based on allowed our Founding Fathers to own human beings and treat the natives of this country as only part-human? Apparently they also didn’t do a thorough study of the Bible.

In closing I think I read in the Bible somewhere that Jesus said, “No man knows who will enter into the kingdom of heaven.” I may be taking this Scripture out of context, but if this is true, Wayne Pace, may God have mercy on all our souls.

Cliff Johnson

retired boilermaker

St. Amant