LETTERS: People bad, not religion; Monitor praised; Fragile economy; Misperceptions about religion; What jobs are stolen?

People bad, not religion

Hank Shiver gives us a lot to consider in his letter condemning “faith” as “the biggest plague ever inflicted upon mankind” (Letters, April 29). And he offers numerous gory examples of hatred, violence, evil persecution carried out in the name of religion. On this point we can agree.

But he goes too far when he links faith and the plague. People who worship snakes call themselves religious, and they have faith that the snake will not bite and kill them.

Sister Teresa was faithful and served the poorest of the poor in this world.

To describe both people and their behavior as a reflection of their “faith” is using the word way too loosely.

Most people would be shocked to learn that when the crusaders left their homes and their time of the Dark Ages and arrived in the Middle East, they discovered that faithful Muslims had developed a culture and civilization that led the world in art, architecture, mathematics, science, etc. The Crusaders took this knowledge back to Europe and sparked the Renaissance.

The fact that insane, bigoted, hateful people call themselves Muslim and cut off the heads of innocents is a gross distortion of the true religion founded by Muhammad, which re-created the world back in the 7th century.

So yes, Mr. Shiver, people behaving badly or horribly in the name of religion or faith is a worldwide plague and all true believers must strive to bring back the faith, hope and charity that is an essential part of every true religion — Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith.

Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith, said in the 19th century: “This is the changeless faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” We are dying for lack of true faith and nearness to God, and must embrace it rather than take the easy path of mistakenly condemning religion as inherently bad and the source of all evil behavior that men carry out in its name.

Robert Ramirez


Monitor praised

I never cease to be amazed and thankful when I look out my kitchen window at dawn to see The Monitor strategically placed before my front door.

Yes, there are ways to get the news electronically, and I do sometimes, but there’s something comforting and authentic about holding a newspaper in hand, reading the headlines, trading sections with a companion, talking about the content. How The Monitor manages to keep us informed, entertained, safe seven days a week is nothing short of magic.

Our local newspaper is absolutely vital to the life of our community.

Thanks to every worker who is part of this endeavor — editors, reporters, office personnel, press workers, deliverers. You are “heroes” too in this time of acknowledging vital first responders.

Jan Seale


Fragile economy

So much for the greatest economy. It took little more then a month to crash!

Mary Hogan


What about Democrats?

Not one person in this country is above the law, and that is as far as I agree with letter writer Elia Franz (April 24).

Now let’s put the shoe on the other foot and have the same investigative forensic accounting and journalism focused on Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, and let’s see how the cookie crumbles.

There is a reason why the lady goddess of justice Iustitia is blindfolded, so that the law can be applied regardless of power, wealth or position, except in the case of powerful Democrats like the aforementioned.

No, Uncle Joe will get a pass on the sexual assault allegation. Where are the “me too” folks? And Hillary, from Benghazi to the “computer server gate,” had her staff defy congressional subpoenas and she never told any lies, no accountability. The deep state did set a trap and ruin a true hero like Gen. Michael Flynn, not a Democrat.

Sadly, people who are never-Trumpers follow their party blindly.

They attack without facts, just opinions, and opinions never won in a courtroom — just ask any lawyer!

Jake Longoria


Misperceptions about religion

I enjoy reading the letters to the editor each morning before I go to work. I have never written one myself until now.

On April 29 I read a letter written by Mr. Hank Shiver of Mission titled “Pandemic of religion.” I do not know Mr. Shiver, but his letter seemed to be rather critical toward Christians and showed a lack of understanding about the Christian faith. He finished his letter with the following statement: “It is very common for people to hate people for not being Christian. Just ask the Jew.”

I am a Christian and have many friends who are Christians. When we are together, we do not talk about hating others for not being Christians. We do believe that informing others about Christianity is part of being a Christian. Jesus said, “Go out into the world teaching others.”

All we can do for people like Mr. Shiver is share the good news and hope that the scales are removed from his eyes and that he can see the promise of eternal life through the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. That is why Easter is such an important holiday for Christians. To say that Christians hate Jews is also a misunderstanding Mr. Shiver. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people. The Lord said, “I will bless those that bless my people.” At my Christian church each week, we pray for the Jewish people, for Israel and Jerusalem.

We pray that their enemies would be scattered.

You cannot understand the New Testament of the Bible without having an understanding of the Jewish Old Testament. I personally believe that God has blessed the USA because it stands with Israel.

I pray for people like Mr. Shiver because I want him and all people to know the hope and the promise that Christianity provides to the world.

Ford Sasser


What jobs are stolen?

President Trump recently used a presidential order to temporarily stop immigration and work visas.

Why? Because it would protect American jobs.

Either we have an ignorant president or he just can’t help himself in his hate for our neighbors to the South.

I’m a fourth-generation American on my father’s side and third generation on my mother’s side.

Both my parents and their parents were field workers and migrants.

While I was growing up all my siblings and cousins grew up working in the fields in the Valley and up north where we would migrate for the seasonal work every year. Never during this time do I ever remember seeing a Anglo American working in the fields unless it was the farmer working on the tractor.

So I ask: What jobs are all these immigrants from south of the border stealing from the American public — dishwasher, janitor, mowing lawns or picking fruit from the fields under the hot sun. Most of these jobs today’s young and older Americans of any race think are beneath them.

So next time you’re eating a salad, drinking orange juice, eating a juicy watermelon or a sweet strawberry, ask yourself: Did a white American pick it?

Yeah, right.

Jesus Rodriguez


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