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July 16, 2013

Pastor's column disparaged no one's faith

To the editor:

Arthur Thomas, even with his gratitude of having his letters printed for we the people to ponder, seems to have forgotten the value of a free press, and the First Amendment.

Our Gloucester Daily Times is one of the fairest newspapers I’ve ever read. Reading the letters of our populace, makes me glad that, like our GDT, I am neither a GOP conservative nor liberal progressive; what I am is a conservative Biblical Christian, looking to share the love that Jesus of Nazareth is recorded as saying, we should have for one another.

I am unaware of Michael Cook’s theological foundation. However, I’m fairly sure that he is aware of the historical fact, that Christianity as it should be known today began with one man: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. He chose 12 men of spurious backgrounds to go into the world and spread his message of love; it was as though he chose 12 representatives of the 12 tribes of Israel.

These 12 men, led by the one solitary life of Jesus of Nazareth, died for their belief and faith, as did Jesus. So, you see Michael, it doesn’t take thousands upon thousands to make a change in a nation’s culture. Pastor Slyman (Midweek Musings, Wednesday, July 3) was inaccurate in his use of the rainbow, because he doesn’t know better. Yet that doesn’t disparage his faith, nor yours.

Michael, a word of knowledge you may want to fact check.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance — GALA — began, with four people sitting around a dining room table, wanting to be recognized for their beliefs. That was over 40 years ago, yet look to where it has grown today.

Finally, Ms. Fisk (”Democracy’s roots can be our remedy now,” letters, the Times, Tuesday, July 9) Jesus of Nazareth the Christ is also recorded as saying: “the poor you will always have with you.” Yet if we were to actually love our neighbor, as ourselves, those folks you list would have need of nothing.

Jesus wasn’t Robin Hood, taking from the wealthy to give to the poor, but he was a man that taught, if you see your neighbor in need, and have the means to meet that need, yet don’t, where is the love he showed to you and asked you to share?

GERALD MAHIEU

Langsford Street, Gloucester

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