Every time I turn on the news all I see is a bunch of angry Muslims in the Mideast killing people and destroying property because someone said something they consider religiously offensive. Although I believe in democracy, I'm beginning to wonder if we're better off leaving them in the hands of a brutal dictator if they aren't mature enough to appreciate the freedom we helped them win.
The following letter to the editor was submitted by reader Marc Perkel this week. To submit your own, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The way I see it this kind of violence shows me that if there were such a thing as God, that these people definitely have not found him. All I see is Muslims acting like barbarians. Although they would probably execute me for my beliefs, when I see how Muslims behave, it makes me thank God I'm an Atheist.
Speaking of God, Mitt Romney is now saying that if he is elected president, he will emphasize the role of God in American society and will not "take God out of the public square." But that raises the question as to whose God will have a role in American society.
Although I am now a Realist, I was raised Jewish in a society where most people were Christians. From a Christian perspective, they looked at themselves as Judaism 2.0. While keeping the Old Testament they added a New Testament which superseded Judaism. They added Jesus and the Holy Spirit. From a Jewish perspective, Christianity was an unauthorized sequel. These new Gods were not our Gods.
Mitt Romney, however, is a Mormon and the Mormons have a Third Testament to the Bible. Mormons see themselves as Christianity 2.0 and Judaism 3.0. It also has the advantage of being "Made in America." Perhaps Christians can appreciate what it's like when another religion writes an unauthorized sequel.
The Book of Mormon is very different from the New Testament, just as the New Testament is very different from the Old Testament. It's not the same religion. That's why Mormons come to Christian homes to try to convert Christians to Mormonism.
Mitt Romney isn't just a Mormon, he's a Bishop in the Mormon Church. During the Vietnam War era, Romney spent years living in France as a missionary converting European Christians to Mormons. So when Romney says that he will emphasize the role of God in American society, what does he really mean? If Romney is putting God on the table. shouldn't we at least ask Romney what God he's talking about?
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