Letters: Fault in Charlottesville; Jeffress and Trump; Progressive churches

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Both sides?

Help me understand! If there was fault on ‘both sides’ at Charlottesville, does the ‘rational’ extension of that thought process mean that Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and other ethnic and ‘socially and/or racially inferior’ groups shared the ‘fault’ with Hitler and his henchmen? Help me understand and comprehend the logic that these persecuted groups (one side) were in any way ‘at fault’ thus justifying and legitimizing the Nazi horrors (the other side) perpetrated in the Holocaust.

G. M. Goodfriend
Irving, Texas

Jeffress and Trump

I agree whole-heartedly with Pastor Jeffress. He is right-on. He knows the Bible. As for North Korea, do these do-gooders and lovers want to see a bomb dropped here in the U.S. before we move to action? What I see today is that Satan is twisting the meaning of LOVE just as he did when he misled Eve. He said, “Oh, surely God did not mean that.” Satan has pushed LOVE to make us mistakenly think we must love and welcome and embrace anyone and everyone regardless of their actions or lifestyles. We even think that merely loving them will cause them to shape up. No, we must speak up. Some things are not of God. Psalm 5:5 “…thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

(Regarding violence in Carlottesville, Va.) Trump is correct. While I do not like or agree with the KKK, I most assuredly know that the protestors came with violence and evil intent in mind. Leaders of the protesting group said, “We must show violence.” They came with guns, baseball bats, even urine-filled balloons. Yes, they came to hurt and destroy. Just as when they destroyed the town of Ferguson, Mo. (and other places besides that), they share blame in what happened in Charlottesville.

Paula Jaques
Athens, Texas

What about progressive congregations?

While I agree, in essence, that what has been reported in this article is true, it doesn’t mention or include statistics from white progressive Christian churches. There may not be many of us (I am a member of the United Church of Christ) but our churches are very active in in local and national efforts to promote diversity, equality, justice and peace. We fight legislation that targets the poor, hold accountability sessions for those running for office, advocate for education and for prison reform. We believe that science and medicine are compatible with our faith. We work together with many faith communities, Christian, as well as Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist. It is difficult for our voices to be heard above the voices of “evangelical” Christians, but our voices are indeed voices of Christians in this country.

Nancy Sharp
Oklahoma City, Okla.

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