Letters to the Editor

Reverend's comments draw responses

REV. TOMMY ELLIS, in the Your Turn article Aug. 21 (“Church opponents show the need for religious land-use act”), expresses fear of those he refers to as “secular fundamentalists.” Apparently, this includes some or all of the citizens of Federal Way who publicly expressed concern or opposition to the Christian Faith Center building project. I suspect the term applies equally well to anyone whose beliefs can be conveniently pigeon-holed into his definition of the term.

I find it sad and not just a little bit disturbing that honest, caring and thoughtful citizens who voice their opinions in the manner permitted and encouraged by law find themselves publicly compared to terrorists and Adolph Hitler. Alas, this seems to be the level that discourse has sunk to in our country. If people in the Pacific Northwest really are skeptical of the motives of some religious groups, Rev. Ellis’ comments will only reinforce those concerns.

I would remind Rev. Ellis that his side won the CFC battle. While those opposed to the project may be disappointed, they seem to have accepted the outcome. Certainly, one would expect a bit more grace from the winners.

David Bruell

Federal Way

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