4/18/2013 10:16:00 AM Last week's Beacon (Blessed are the Peacemakers)
To the editor:
Discussion of Bishop Shaw and Ken Kressin is like how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It makes not a bean in the soup difference did or did not Congress order Bible, Koran or a statue of Buddha.
Omar Khayyam, ancient Persian poet, asked a better question. "What! Did the hand of the potter shake?" (Why did deity with perfect power and perfect knowledge create imperfection)
Also last week Mr. LoPresto's neat division of wars into secular and religious is simplistic. For example, he classifies Nazi as secular forgetting Bukenwald fried only homosapien of the Jewish faith.
My sense is all wars are about land, water, gold, and oil. Religion is brought in to motivate the fervor of "Common Fodder."
Some of the lineal great greats of my family in the 30 year Catholic - Calvinist - war to divide up the taxing privilege of the Mediterranean to Baltic - were burned alive, buried alive, and children drowned or dismembered before parents in God's name (Cambridge History of Holland).
One of Rome's Spanish soldiers impregnated a nice Dutch girl. So I have a tad of pious Catholic blood in my veins. (Smile)
Boil wars down they're about land, water, gold, and now oil. Repeat 10 times 30 days.
Robert Eugene Molenaar, M.D.
P.S.: I wait with bated breath a response to my Chaos of Creation. (2½ smiles)