Terrorism by any other name . . .

Letters to the Boston editor: December 15, 2006
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  December 13, 2006

I get so tired of hearing threats and hate speech. I think abortion is a vile and reprehensible act, but it is also legal. We are all accountable before God for our actions. God is perfectly capable of holding people accountable without the assistance of violent acts on the part of anti-abortionists. I was once on the other side of the abortion debate before I had the Gospel in my life. I can tell you that people who support abortion do not feel it is murder. If they did, they would most certainly not support it. Years ago I used to feel just as self-righteous about supporting abortion as the most vocal anti-abortionist feels about opposing it. Back then, I couldn’t believe that someone would put the “rights” of a mass of cells that had no ability to develop independently above the right of every child to be born into a family where it is wanted and loved. I see things differently now, but I have not forgotten the important lesson that intelligent, reasonable people see things differently. It is one of the crucial principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that each individual is accountable before God for our actions REGARDLESS of the provocation. It’s not “an eye for an eye” anymore, but “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Yes, there have always been, and will always be, people who commit crimes in the name of God, but they are clearly not exempt from his justice.

Janet O'Neal
Kensington, Maryland

Supporting and encouraging terrorists like Michael Bray and David Robert McMenemy should be treated no differently from supporting Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Both groups of fundamentalists are a threat to society. And given their numbers in the USA, I’d say the Christian fundamentalists are a much greater threat to the true traditional American values enunciated by our founding fathers than any swarthy-looking Middle Eastern types will ever be.

Keith Blevins
Eugene, Oregon

David Robert McMenemy tried to save innocent babies from being murdered by baby-killing abortionists. He made a mistake, but at least he tried. A lot more than you have done. The real terrorists are those who murder helpless babies. Stop picking on this guy. SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life.

Reverend Donald Spitz
Chesapeake, Virginia

About seven years ago I took a class offered mostly for police and firemen on the topic of “domestic terrorism.” It defined terrorism as “the use, or the threat of the use of force to achieve political or ideological gain.” Examples included a religious cult in Washington State that wanted to have a particular ballot measure pass. They poisoned all the salad bars in town so that many people would be too sick to vote the next day (cult members were warned not to eat the salad.) The subway-gassing cult in Japan performed a test-run on the apartment building that contained the home of a judge who ruled against that cult in an earlier court action.

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