Keep your hate and faith to yourself

I would like to comment on last week’s letter from an “Uncle Remus” in Hendersonville [“On Religion, The Gulf Oil Spill, and Our Hypocrisy,”  June 30 Xpress]. If people seem to be steering away from Jesus, perhaps what they are really steering away from are fanatics who preach fire and brimstone. Any religion gets a bad name and is misunderstood when fundamentalists begin preaching their interpretation and telling others how to live their lives.

I’m so glad you have a direct line to God, Uncle Remus, and [that] you know what is going to happen to certain people and what hell is going to be like — “a burnt Earth with no sun, no graze, no animals”, etc. …

I’m sure there are plenty of religious/spiritual people who keep their beliefs to themselves and do not push their opinions on others.

It is my feeling that one’s spirituality should be between themselves and their higher power. If they are not spiritual, the same rule should apply: Don’t push your opinion upon others.

I would like to close with a quote from Anne Lamott: “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out he hates all the same people you do.”

— Ellen Foltz
Asheville

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3 thoughts on “Keep your hate and faith to yourself

  1. I don’t believe people are steering away from religion any more than they ever have.

    I do think they steer away from the hate filled-hellfire and damnation type of religiosity “Uncle Remus” seems to think he has the right to cram down our throats.

  2. Joseph Barcia

    I agree, D. Dial. I would say more people are willing to express in public spiritual beliefs which sometimes do not fall into rigid, prescribed categories.

  3. cwaster

    Some of the worst atrocities in history have been committed in the name of religion.

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