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Ebb and flow. Just when I think that things are finally getting down to a trickle, the floodgates open. It’s the nature of this subject in our polarized society.

I have previously written about the commitment announcement of two males published in the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal and the reactions in letters to the editor in the paper here [original diary], here [part 2], here [part 3], here [part 4], here [part 5], here [part 6], here [part 7], here [part 8], and here [part 9].

One short supportive letter was published in the Wednesday, November 14th edition of the paper. Three lengthy letters were published in the Thursday, November 15th edition.

The headers for the letters were provided by the paper.

The lone letter from someone in St. Louis on November 14th:

Supporting Decision

“…I want to say THANK YOU for making me proud of my state.

I commend you for being patriots and supporting ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ for ALL Americans.”

The November 15th edition had two letters criticizing the announcement and one supportive letter:

Be Tolerant Of Others

“All these letters have become is a way to sling hateful remarks at one another. It’s time to stop. Just because Christians do not support this union by no way makes them uncaring…

…it’s a disagreement of what defines traditional marriage. This community needs to restore itself by being tolerant of each opinion….

Okay, I think there’s a truth in advertising problem in there somewhere.

“All these letters have become is a way to sling hateful remarks at one another…” I recall reading somewhere something about “not casting the second stone”, though I could be in error. Apparently, casting the first stone is always an option for many people.

“…Just because Christians do not support this union…” I guess someone took a poll. The good news is that some other belief systems in our community kind of like the idea. But, we all know that no right thinking, all knowing, and truly righteous Christian would disagree with the letter writer.

That settles it.

“…This community needs to restore itself by being tolerant of each opinion…” Chutzpah and delicious irony for the irony impaired. Yes, let’s “tolerate” intolerance.

It’s enough to make one weep.

Hate Sin, Love The Sinner

“Most Americans, citizens of the United States, a country once known as a Christian nation, have been desensitized to sin…

Wow. Just wow.

“… a country once known as a Christian nation, have been desensitized to sin…”  Where to begin? I could write a dissertation length piece on ignorance, asking: “Why can’t Johnny retain critical thinking skills in a culture devoid of ‘knowledge’, you know, based on actual facts?” – but I’m pretty sure that’s already been done.

“…once known as a Christian nation…”

Well, at least not since 1796.

Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli, of Barbary

…Art. 11. As the Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility, of Musselmen;  and, as the said States never entered into war, or act of hostility against any Mohametan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext, arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption in the harmony existing between the two countries…”

Or, a little earlier:

United States Constitution
Article VI

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Bill of Rights
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Hate self-righteous ignorance, pity the self-righteously ignorant.

And finally, a lengthy supportive letter.

Play Nicely With Others

“Recently while at the local hospital, I wandered into the chapel. I began reading a pie chart of approximately thirty different religions and each of their beliefs. The foundation of all was the same. Simply put, ‘Treat others like you want to be treated’….

I am disillusioned that in some churches ‘treat others like you want to be treated’ is a totally lost concept. The foundation forgotten. Don’t call names. Don’t throw stones. Don’t hate. Don’t judge. Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Respect others and yourself. Play nice….

…And shame on you (you know who you are), whose Christian outreach only reaches as far as your own denomination.

So please profess a bit less, reflect a bit more, put down your rocks, stretch out your arms…

Now go play nice…”

I had a conversation about all this at an unrelated event last night [by most accounts this is the subject for discussion in Warrensburg]. An individual mentioned the letter which pointed out the 1967 swimming pool vote. He told me, “That opened up some painful issues. There’s a lot of stuff we all need to get out in the open and discuss around here.”

“…Don’t call names. Don’t throw stones. Don’t hate. Don’t judge. Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Respect others and yourself. Play nice…” I’m trying. God is not finished with me yet. And boy, is she pissed.