Cut out the hatred
In a letter of just a few words (“Leave us alone,” Jan. 6), Dana Risa Dinsmore demonstrates the danger of religious fanaticism.
In arguing to retain the Ten Commandments monument at Valley High School, the writer concludes that atheists are tools of the devil and that rather than expressing a legitimate view, they should go elsewhere to cause “trouble.”
She adds for emphasis, in an apparent attempt to intimidate those who would dare challenge her supreme view, that her “110-pound Doberman” stands with her. In other words, “How dare anyone disagree with me. I am a Christian. My majority view is right and it shall prevail.”
I wonder if the writer is familiar with the following biblical passages:
• Matthew 7:1 — “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
• Ephesians 4:31 — “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice...”
• James 4:11 — “He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law...”
• Psalms 101:5 — “Who so privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”
I agree with Ms. Dinsmore that this historic monument should remain, but I'm embarrassed to be on the same side of any issue with a hater who deals with those who believe differently in a disdainful and contemptuous manner.
No god or legitimate church would preach or sanction hatred and intolerance toward our fellow men and women.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper St. Clair
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