Letter to the Editor: Disagree but don’t ridicule

Reader Mark McCully responds to a string of negative letters about religion.

I see that serial letter writer Larry Benson has decided to expand his wide range of contempt and disdain. Now, in addition to attacking those he disagrees with politically, he is also ridiculing people of faith, and in particular those of us who believe in the Bible and the importance of prayer (“Polarizing headline wasn’t mine — but my letter stands”, published April 26).

It must be nice to know that you have more wisdom and insight than people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, C.S. Lewis, George Washington Carver, Florence Nightingale, Frederick Douglas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Isaac Newton, and the billions of others now and throughout history who have identified as Christ-followers.

I find it interesting that he refers to the Bible as “myths and fables” and Bible believers as “totally ignorant of the real world,” but immediately follows that by saying he is not being polarizing. Oh the irony!

I feel as though I have arrived at my worldviews of faith and politics honestly and thoughtfully. And while I am confident in where I stand, I am certainly aware that I don’t have all the answers. Not even close! The world is filled with intelligent people, including Mr. Benson, who have polar opposite views. Being aware of that allows me to disagree with others without ridiculing and demeaning their beliefs. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks it’s important to operate that way.

Matthew Jay McCully