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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

I cannot let Maris Sanner's April 30 letter “Catholic catechism,” which called for book burning, go unchallenged.

Her demands for book burning and chastising of Catholics for their “altered” Ten Commandments show precisely why we should not have Ten Commandments monuments on public property like Valley High School. Stone commandments monuments can become idols.

America honors freedom of conscience, but Sanner does not. She apparently thinks Scripture and beliefs different from her own should not be tolerated.

The term “Bible” refers to “books,” not just one book. There are multiple Bibles because hundreds of years after Jesus, those in control of “the church” approved a limited number of writings from the abundance of circulating Scriptures. Many of the unapproved writings were burned. Catholics and Protestants have been burning each other's books ever since those first church councils voted on Scripture.

Let's not inflame this issue any further.

Is not this fight over Catholic versus Protestant commandments and beliefs just another form of coveting thy neighbors' goods? Is it not stealing to burn another's books? Is it not bearing false witness to contend that God approves one set of beliefs over another?

It's one thing to hold beliefs in a church of your choice with like-minded believers; it is quite another to attempt to plant your beliefs on the grounds of another church or public grounds walked by those of different beliefs.

Bruce Braden

Carmel, Ind.

The writer is a Mt. Pleasant native.

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