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Christians aren't perfect…

I just read your column about the Liberty Counsel wanting to ban gay marriage ("What's in a word?", Oct. 20]. I also noticed on the cover, at the very bottom, it says "Homegrown homo-hatin'."

The Liberty Counsel is not trying to ban gay marriage because it hates gay people. They are trying to ban gay marriage because Christians believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to live.

In today's society, many factors have contributed to the decline of our morals and standards. Morals and standards originate from the Bible. Many people think that Christians try to be perfect while pushing their religion on to other people. Christians are not perfect, and have the same faults and weaknesses as everybody else does. The difference is that Christians believe that God sent Jesus to Earth to pay for those faults, weaknesses and sins. Because Christians believe this, life is not hopeless to them.

I believe if there is anything that I would like to be perfect at, it is my own life. By that I mean I would like to improve on it as much as I can. Most Christians try to do just that. We are only here for a short time, so why not give it our best shot?

Unfortunately, a lot of people just glide through life all the while never coming really to understand it. They make sure they know which celebrities are dating and when their TV shows are on. They have the attitude "if it feels good, do it," never understanding that an attitude like that is the quickest way to self-destruction.

Marriage is the most sacred of all institutions. Once that is gone, the world will not exist.

Trust me, I also realize that we, Christians and non-Christians, are not even close to perfecting marriage. Marriage between a man and a woman, though, will always be what is better for children. Nothing is better than having a mother and father love and raise children.

Ryan Murdough, Orlando

… they're just ignorant

I found your article "Viva Las Jesus" [Oct. 13] to be funny and sad at the same time. I don't have a problem with people wanting to believe that there's a sky daddy that looks over them and helps their football team win, blesses whatever country they live in and kills the other side during wars, or punishes cities with hurricanes for catering to those terrible gay people who go around increasing property values. Ignorance is bliss. Ever since humanity stopped dragging knuckles we have wondered why we're here, how we came to be and what happens after Aunt Mildred takes a dirt nap.

Back in the day, before science and in the absence of any critical thought, we answered all those questions with all we had: ignorance and imagination. Who'd a thunk that thousands of years later we'd still be holding onto these fantasies?

How can a country move forward when their president is a born-again fundie who thinks science is just a bunch of hooey and stem cells are little smiling babies?

Go ahead and sit there with your hands in the air moaning and groaning while your pockets are picked by some religious zealot with a bad toupee. It's your life and if a comforting lie is what gets you through the day, then fine for you. Just keep in mind that the church, big and small, is selling a product that few can resist. To buy their product you need to check your brain at the door. Sadly, this country is replete with people who are willing and able to comply. Better off trusting those who seek the truth, not those who find it.

Morgan Bevan, Orlando

God bless the Internet

War is hell, and the world needs to see it firsthand ["The most depraved site on the Internet," Oct. 6].

Your article is well written, without any judgment, just the way it should be. These pictures are the same as I saw in Vietnam in '65, but we didn't have the Internet then. Thank God we do now. Keep up the good reporting! God bless.

Roger C., via the Internet

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