Columnist Ross Douthat amusingly demonstrates once again that if President Obama praised a grilled cheese sandwich, Republicans would have to figure out a way to feel abused by either grilling, cheese, sandwiches, or all three [“Obama the Theologian,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. Although stating a simple truth may not be relative in Douthat’s theology,…More
The rise of Mark Driscoll is a reaction to the desperate need of the many lost in our culture [“The rise and fall of Mars Hill Church,” Local News, Sept. 13]. He was a lifeline whoMore
I fail to understand the constant witch-hunt against Mark Driscoll, the leader of Mars Hill church [“The rise and fall of Mars Hill Church,” Local News, Sept. 13]. If you don’t attend his church, who cares? Yet, it has consumed the front page of The Seattle Times twice recently. It seems to be…More
Thanks to Danny Westneat for his revealing column about American’s intolerance of atheists [“Poll finds Americans’ growing tolerance stops at atheists,” Local News, June 22]. Based upon this survey, one’s belief in God accounts for 50 percent of the people in this country not feeling comfortable with atheists, especially if they are members of one’s…More
Religion shouldn’t dictate health care
Kathleen Parker, like many religious people, seems to believe that “religious liberty” means the freedom of those who are religious to impose their beliefs on everyone else with whom they interact, especially those people over whom they have some control, such as employees and also customers [“Obama, practice what you preach,” Opinion, Feb. 9].
This interpretation of “religious liberty” fails to acknowledge that religion should be private and every person should have the right to her or his own religious beliefs and practices. I believe that any state or country that imposes, legalizes or allows the imposition of any religious belief of one person onto another is taking away the “religious liberty” of the other person.
With that reasoning, when employers are allowed to not provide contraceptive health coverage because of their own religious beliefs, they are taking away their employees’ religious freedom. To borrow an observation by Jon Stewart, religious employers are already providing the means to obtain contraception — it is called a paycheck. Why do so few people talk about this other side of religious liberty?
Margaret Garber, Seattle
Don’t impose beliefs on others
Kathleen Parker seems to intentionally ignore that President Obama does “practice what he preaches” in regard to religious freedom. She just doesn’t want to acknowledge what he is actually preaching.More
Now that the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham is completed [“Bill Nye: Bible doesn’t tell Earth’s true history,” Nation & World, Feb. 4], I find myself disturbed. I am not disturbed by the outcome and who won the debate, but rather due to Bill Nye’s inference based on a fictional narrative,…More
Responding to the article stating that there is “No reference to Jesus’ earthly appearance in the Bible” [“Does it matter what race Jesus was?” News, Dec. 25], the author might be interested in four books of the Bible dedicated to that subject: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Atheists are treated like second-class citizens The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Greece v. Galloway, which involved Christian prayers at City Council meetings [“Supreme Court hears case on public prayer,” News, Nov. 7]. Nondenominational prayers would be better than sectarian prayers, but it’s not acceptable to atheists, who don’t pray. If the court were consistent…More
Relocation is based on money, not God’s will So let me get this straight, the Mars Hill congregation of 2,500 people believe that God is monitoring and telling them where their church should relocate? [“Mars Hill eyes Sound Transit land in Bellevue for church,” page one, Oct. 25]. God has so many issues facing our planet, for…More
GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…More