To the editor:
I read Sally Wright’s column on 6/27 — there are several problems with her assertions, as there are with every religious column in the paper. I respect Ms. Wright’s right to have an opinion, as I do each person who produces religious content, but feel claims should have evidence to back them up before they are published.
She states that the “gospel of Jesus Christ is far more than a sales pitch.” The “gospel” is exactly that, though — a sales pitch, with no evidence to support its claims. When she says that “what the savior promises, he delivers,” she fails to understand that no delivery is possible. There is almost certainly no deity whatsoever, and even if there is he or she is not worthy of any praise at all. Every religion makes claims they cannot support — it is all too easy to promise great rewards after death because there is no way those claims can be proven. Too many people take religion at its word and dedicate their lives to unseen forces, unable to grasp that their prayers and supplications have just as much effect as doing nothing.
She also argues that we must follow Christ’s example and provide for children who are going without. A better way to approach this is to understand the humanist point of view. We should care for each other because we have a moral obligation to do so, with no thought for any supposed heavenly rewards. It is for the greater good that we provide for those who have little or nothing, without feeling duress by any external forces. It also shows greater depth of character and a truer sense of altruism.
It is worth nothing, too, that there is no proof at all that Christ actually existed, especially in the way he is portrayed now. If there was a man who taught and lived the way he did he almost certainly looked much different and did not have any divine powers. Following the lead of a person who probably didn’t even exist is senseless and a true waste of time.
Another problem with Ms. Wright’s assertions is that the migrant children are attempting, with their parents, to enter the United States illegally. I don’t feel the children should be deprived because of that — it is not their fault they are being used as pawns in a game to destroy our sovereignty and flood our country with those who refuse to follow the law. But, we must keep in mind that these people are trying to come here illegally, which is, of course, unacceptable.
Two last things. Where are the columns from atheists? And, brilliant headline about the yogurt craze (HJ 6/27).