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Whose hypocrisy?

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Hypocrisy is defined as the feigning of beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not hold or possess.

On June 21, a writer proclaimed that “the hypocrisy you people spout is damnable.” Since I readily admit to being a Christian who tries to live according to careful study of the Bible, I might be one of those “people” who upset that writer.

My world view is derived from the Bible. (By the way, I believe that God, who capably created the entire world, was able to write, edit and preserve for 4,000 years the Bible exactly as He wanted us to have it in 2014.) The writer presumably does not agree with my world view and wants to limit my expression of it in the same public forum that is available to him. He suggested that “Bible thumpers” should not be allowed to take up “valuable Letters to the Editor space.”

Who is “spouting hypocrisy?” Or maybe he’s not being hypocritical. Perhaps that writer does not believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion; and therefore, people with whom he disagrees should not be allowed the same public forum for expression of opinion.

He disagrees with my world view. Since he equated Christians disagreeing with someone as “hating” them, does that mean that he “hates” me?

Just because a Christian disagrees with someone’s lifestyle or political viewpoint does not mean we “hate” that person.

As a society, we would do well to get over this wrong premise that disagreement equals hate.

Joy Otten

Crystal Lake

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