Letter reprimand unprovoked

2016-02-04 06:00

I REFER to Bruce and Pat Hulley’s letter (Fever, 28 January 2016) berating L.J. Peltz for her letter in the previous week’s edition.
I do not have the latter at hand, but I do recall that the writer being criticised clearly made a distinction between Christians she described as “pious” and others whom she described as “professed” .

In my reading of the letter, this distinction was clear and the message was that the majority of people celebrating Christmas with anti-social behaviour are indeed not Christians. In this light, the Hulley reprimand was unprovoked.

Perhaps many of us do not speak or write with clarity, but others fail to properly listen or read.

In any event, it irks me that people will try to suggest that religion alone makes people good or bad. People’s natures are a result of genes, environment, culture and a number of other factors of which religious indoctrination is but one. An atheist is no more likely to be a better or worse human being than one whose faith is in one of the many gods people evidently feel a need to believe in.


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