Ignorance is not a fading idea (letter)
In a letter titled “Ignorance, a fading idea” published in the Summit Daily on July 28, Travis Poli and another letter by Rachel Miller both castigate Chuck Abrams for his letter pointing out his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
Miller claims that religious rights do not give members of any particular religion the right to force other people to live according to the teachings of that religion, and that Mr. Abrams’ beliefs are “absolutely absurd.” She then goes on to expand her argument to include millions of conservatives in this country who may share the same belief and to say that Christians may represent a majority religious group in this country, but that does not give them the right to impose their chosen religion on everyone else.
This Supreme Court ruling imposes the acceptability of gay marriage on everyone, but is the decision right only because it is in line with her belief?
Poli’s letter claims to see our country embracing solid principles such as logical thinking, true respect for one another and, most importantly, empathy. Interestingly, he then goes on to demonstrate his Christophobia by claiming this bold new way of thinking logically is replacing the “mythologies of the Bible” and speaks of “a blindly reassuring promise of Heaven.”
How ironic for him to say an entire generation is realizing that helping our fellow man is simply the right thing to do in the same letter he denies support for the very book that espouses this same viewpoint. His statement implies that his is the first generation to have this attitude.
Where is his “logical thinking” displayed in this epistle with these statements?
Examination of the facts demonstrates the lack of alignment with his belief in his bold new way of thinking logically. For example, the support efforts provided by the Catholic Church in the areas of education, health and support for the poor started long before he was around. This data, which is a necessary part of logical approach, demonstrates that his understanding of logical thinking has some real room for growth.
Poli asks “has the decision to legalize gay marriage affected you negatively?” It is appropriate to answer the overall question in a manner that goes well beyond the non-germane questions posed by him in his letter resulting from his attempt to support the misguided majority decision by a split court.
It is important to point out that this court decision has negative consequences to this country, which will affect all of us. Three in particular are 1.) the impact on the sanctity of the institution of marriage as defined in the Bible, which, by the way, is not mythological; 2.) the impact of forcing a businesses to close if they want to follow a law higher than the law of this land; and 3.) the impact of losing the traditional family unit.
Poli states that it does not matter whether the Supreme Court’s ruling is accepted by those opposed to it or not since it is now law. Where is his claimed empathy with that statement? Would he be so bold to extend this argument to the federal laws the president is currently ignoring?
The court decision puts us in the position of having to ignore a federal law or a higher law. I will take my chances with ignoring the federal law if I am forced to. In his letter, Abrams states that a civil union is the better solution to the issue, a point missed by both Miller and Poli.
This illustrates the key component missing in both of the letters: tolerance. As Viktor Frankl stated, “Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.”
The position of Miller and Poli is one that is all-or-nothing instead of the compromise position of a gay “marriage” being a civil union. The contents of the two letters referenced here clearly refute the thesis of the title of Poli’s letter that ignorance is a fading idea. These letters clearly demonstrate that ignorance is alive and thriving.
The anti-Christian statements in these letters offend me, but they make me pity you. For without belief in God, you have no hope. I will end with a quote which provides hope for all: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” found in the Bible in John 3:16.
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