Not for conservative philosophy, fundamentalism

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 12:56 a.m.

In reply to Hugh Cunningham's criticism (Sept. 20) of my stand (Sept. 6) on Judge Moore:

He wants to know if "more and more these days, self-acknowledged foreigners are finding more to criticize about the United States. Why do they stay?"

When I became an immigrant, I was fully aware that this country is founded by Christians and that Christmas (not Deepavali) is the major religious holiday. But I find the general philosophy of the Christian faith to be pleasant and have no problems assimilating amongst Christians. This is why I stay.

However, to present Christianity as it is practiced in America as a monolithic entity is at best ingenuous naivete and at worst duplicitous deception. To be sure all the churches (except the Eastern orthodox ones) pledge allegiance to the Nicene Creed: "We believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

Yet, some of these churches condone homosexuality, while others condemn it. Some believe in divorce, others don't. Some are pro-choice, while others are pro-life. Some

ordain female priests, others do not. And the list goes on.

But perhaps the most glaring discrepancy is the division of the Christians into black and white churches. Nowhere in the Bible does either Jesus or Paul ever suggest that "thou shall go to the church in thine own neighborhood if thou art African American." Are there two separate heavens, too?

When I chose to become an American citizen, I pledged my allegiance to the flag and the Constitution of the United States and those of the great state of Florida.

I did not agree to subscribe to conservative philosophy or to reactionary fundamentalism. And Professor Cunningham has not changed my mind.

We have little to fear from the crosses that burn in our yards per se. But we have reason aplenty to be terrified of the men who set them afire.

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