Fools are always sure of themselves

To the editor:

Titus 2:7 — “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works.”

Matthew 7:16 — “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

Some Christian fundamentalists talk of love, but exhibit hate. Hate of the kind shown below illustrates that their faith is worthless and false.

Bonnie Weinstein, married to Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), has collected a sampling of the hate mail the foundation has received. This threat to Christian supremacy justifies the most vulgar and cruel letters. She believes in and supports the work of the MRFF, but is shaken by the people who sling the vilest filth at her and her family.

They write that the MRFF hates America, that Weinstein is a dirty Jew who deserves to be raped/murdered, much anti-Semitism, and awful sexual filth unfit to be printed in a newspaper. The Weinsteins’ home has been vandalized many times and the family has had to take expensive security measures. These self-professed Christians deny the fundamental humanity of other people they don’t even know. The MRFF gets at least 10 of the very worst type of letter every week, totaling many more than 500 a year. These Christian fundamentalists think they are doing the work of the lord; they justify it through Jesus.

Many other secular groups have received and published examples of hate mail for years. The Freedom From Religion Foundation publishes a newspaper, Freethought Today, that features a sample in every issue of filthy and obscene hate mail sent by fundamentalist Christians. Some will say that these people are not true Christians, however there is a Bible verse that cautions about judging.

You don’t find religious and secular humanists, who advocate the flourishing of all humanity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, or sexual orientation, engaging in the hate illustrated. Unfortunately, in today’s world, there’s nothing more divisive and hate producing than the hubris of religious certainty. As Bertrand Russell has said: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.”

David M. Keranen

Bakersfield, California