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The extremists are at war, not the rest of us

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 am

In regards to William Van Amber Fields’ letter titled “Christians and Muslims are at war, whether we admit it or not,” it is simply not the case. We are not at war with any religion. We are dealing with criminals who use religious or political extremism as an excuse to engage in terrorism, whether it was Osama bin Laden or Timothy McVeigh. Good people, whether Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics or atheists, are allies in getting rid of this scourge.

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own version of the Bible, taking out all the parts that did not contain the philosophy and ethics of Jesus. These are obviously the parts Mr. Van Amber Fields has never bothered to read, or I must have missed the part of advocating war against the Samaritans.

The First Amendment gives us the freedom to choose our own version of spirituality. It also protects us from religious extremists such as Mr. Van Amber Fields or his brothers on the Muslims’ side. They are cut from the same cloth. They want to include the rest of us in their insanity. Thanks, but no thanks.

John Lucas

Lodi

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