Keeping my hand in – one middle finger at a time.
Anti-Christian slant illogical, prejudiced
Re; Politicians should leave religious beliefs at home
Letter writer Larry Lootsteen’s arguments are somewhat illogical and prejudiced by his own beliefs about religion. To suggest that politicians should leave any of their beliefs, principals (sic), values, and education or life experiences at home is equivalent to arguing they should leave their gender at home, or part of their brain at home.
And why center out only people who believe in the God of the Bible? Why be intolerant and non-inclusive of only one particular religious view? Everyone has some religious belief; an agnostic claims not to know if there is a God, and atheist denies that there is a God. Would Mr. Lootsteen be as keen to force those individuals to deny or suspend their particular religious beliefs on being elected?
Would he impose the same restrictions on other faiths; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and devil worshippers, etc., as well as screen all new immigrants to Canada and insist that they promise to deny their faith and convert to his particular religious beliefs before they become Canadian citizens or run for elected office? Of course not. Mr Lootsteen appears to have a narrowly focused resentment and prejudice of Christian believers who run for office because he does not think they will vote the way he wants them to vote.
Finally, to label everyone of faith as “right-wing” and not sensitive to the democratic and civil rights of Canadians is to ignore the Judeo-Christian foundations of all Western civilization. It was our Jewish and Christian values and principals (sic) that precipitated our democratic institutions, hospitals and schools, freed the slaves and were the first to recognize the rights of women. Has Mr. Lootsteen forgotten that?
Ed Jacob – from the Mennonite stronghold village of Wellesley
He who takes offense when none is offered, is a fool.
In his letter, Anti-Christian slant illogical, prejudiced, Ed Jacob not only takes offense, but he takes considerable licence to do so.
It would, indeed, be foolish to expect a politician to leave all their principles, values, education or life experience at home. All Ed Lootsteen suggested was that a local politician leave some of his specific, unproven moral opinions at home or church, while he is serving his constituents, which a majority of whom, including many good Christians, do not agree with. His government job is administration, not Evangelization.
It would be arrogant to expect anyone, including immigrants, to be forced to accept anyone else’s religious practices, though many of them are forced to convert to Christianity if they want to be sponsored and supported by various Christian Churches. But neither should newcomers be allowed to demand that the rest of us wear yarmulkes, turbans or hijabs, bow to Mecca or mutilate our females’ genitals. Not all religious morals and practices are acceptable.
(No wonder I’m) Grumpy Old Archon
Forgive me (insert name of your higher power here), for I have ranted. My tolerance cup has runneth over and I must empty it in order to move on. It has been too long since my last ranting (if that’s even a word).
Gad (not God), this guy is so verbose that he makes Archon look concise, and what he passes off as logic, and his straw-man arguments, could do a seven minute set at Yuk Yuk’s. Once one of these Bible-thumpers gets up a good head of steam, you never know where the train’s going to end up.
The reason that the original letter attacked ‘The God of The Bible’, is that the local Federal politician is a ‘good Catholic’; at least his NINE kids think so. There’s no sense complaining about the Sikh 75 miles away, because he intentionally, politely, leaves his religion at home. BTW; Mr Lootsteen IS a ‘Christian believer.’
His Good News/Bad News list of “Christian” accomplishments is more a ‘Laugh?/Cry?’ list. Most of them were not ‘because of’ Christianity, but ‘in spite of’ it. Democracy was given to us by the heathen Greeks, and Christian Europe refused to institute it for over two millennia, until we held a party at Madame Guillotine’s place in Paris.
Good Christians owned slaves for centuries. They only recently let women own property, sign legal documents, be ‘a person’ under law, allowed women to vote less than 100 years ago, and they still want to control and restrict their reproductive rights. Mr. Lootsteen, and many of the rest of us, have not forgotten that. 😯
BTW; sic, sic, sic. For the non-linguistic nit-pickers – He’s talking about ‘principles’, not the head of his kids’ school.