Letters to the Editor

June 21, 2014

History lesson

Gays and a certain student at Southwestern Baptist Seminary must be wondering what happened to Christianity’s teachings of tolerance.

Gays and a certain student at Southwestern Baptist Seminary must be wondering what happened to Christianity’s teachings of tolerance.

History books tell us of Christians being totally tolerant of crusaders trying to murder every man, woman and child throughout the Near East. Also, it tells us about the tolerance of great Christian leaders like, Clovis, Charlemagne and Alfred the Great who spread the gospel to the pagans by offering them the opportunity to convert or else being run through with a sword.

Their tolerance for that thing called the Inquisition when they tortured and killed everyone that wasn’t quite in agreement with their politics. Then there was their tolerance for burning witches who they accused of supernatural beliefs that weren’t the same as their own supernatural beliefs.

The tolerance they showed when Christians took the opportunity to ethnically cleanse portions of southern France of other Christians who didn’t have the same exact beliefs about Jesus. Then of course we can’t forget the absolute tolerance they showed during the 17th and 18th centuries towards Americans owning Africans within the institution of chattel slavery.

On second thought, maybe gays and Ghassan Nagagreh might just prefer to avoid Christian tolerance.

— Larry Gwaltney,

Fort Worth

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