To the editor:
An Aug. 7 Daily Mining Gazette letter to the editor blamed religion (Christianity) for gun violence in the United States.
It called America "the most religious" of the western countries but with "more than 80 percent of all gun deaths." European countries were praised for having "largely thrown off the shackles of religion" and as a result "their crime rates are low"
It is misleading to suggest that murderers in America are devout Christians or that less religion equals less crime.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers" and "Love your enemies." Do those religious teachings cause violent crimes?
Love for God and Man is a major part of true Christianity. The greatest act of love was when Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins. That sacrifice is what the Christian religion represents.
Murderers and other criminals are not true Christians. Membership in a church only makes someone a nominal "Christian", not a real one. True Christians are followers of Jesus Christ.
How religious are Americans? Many are religious only in the sense that they worship false gods such as money or celebrities. That is not true religion or Christianity. (Jesus said, "The love of money is a root of all evil").
America is more secular than people think it is. Millions of students have been indoctrinated for decades with the atheistic theory of evolution. The result is that many consider God to be no more than an idea, not a supernatural supreme being who created the universe.
The highest murder rate in America doesn't even involve the use of guns. Devout Christians condemn abortion but secularists condone it.