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4/18/2013 10:14:00 AM
Moral basis

To the editor:

Last week Mark Shaw approached historical truth - that Congress had maintained a secular stance toward Christianity by never printing or importing Bibles and never passing necessary legislation to do so.

But Mr. Shaw avoided my request to explain how Christian charlatans tricked him into believing otherwise and spreading their deception using this newspaper. He dismissed my criticism of these people, presenting an argument that Christianity provides a "moral basis" and not "moral action" ... then turned to demonstrate as much by strangely considering their dishonesty as routine, stating "the Law of God simply shows us that we are sinners." And, after normalizing this sort of immorality, he offered them a harbor of comfort - "it is their faith in Christ that lifts the burden of their guilt, not their performance to the Law."

I cannot think of two ideas that should do more to undermine the credibility of such a "moral basis." Yes, Mr. Shaw, we are all human and we all make mistakes. But no... we do not all exercise a habit of perpetual, immoral action. And no, we shouldn't have our guilt lifted when we do.

Mr. Shaw then adds a peculiar kind of carrot/stick requirement to his moral basis, "Jesus made the only way for ANYONE to have eternal life." Such an adornment would seem to further undermine the soundness of his proposal - what worthy foundation of ethics would require exclusive worship bound with a promise of supernatural paradise or torture? A majority of Christians reject "only salvation through Jesus"... and an equal number consider actions more important than beliefs. Mr. Shaw's portrayal of Christian morality is not universal. From women's equality to religious diversity to gay marriage - the moral basis of Christianity is diverse and evolving... enabled by a U.S. Constitution prohibiting laws respecting religion.

Finally, the raving rhetoric of Ray LoPresto deserves a brief response. What better evidence for keeping state and church separate than in Mr. LoPresto's religiously fueled fanatical attempt to associate Nazis and genocide to those American citizens who happen to be liberal Christians, non-Christians, or secularists?

Ken Kressin

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