Letters to the Editor

Let's hear more about tolerance

It was with sadness that I read the news article, “‘Counterfeit Christianity’ questioned,” in Jan. 8’s edition of the Mirror, especially noting the brief statement adjacent to the article about a tsunami relief donation box in the mall.

Whether we be true Christians, false Christians, true Muslims, false Muslims, true Hindu, false Hindu or any other belief, wouldn’t the world be a better place if each group would spend time promoting understanding, tolerance, integrity, honesty, etc.?

With a little bit of effort, I found the official Web sites for both of the religions mentioned in the article: http://www.watchtower.org/ Official site for the Jehovah’s Witness church, and http://www.lds.org/ Official site for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each site has information available about their basic beliefs.

I found two points on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ site very interesting. The following quote is from a Dec 31 news release: “More than 70 tons of medical supplies, hygiene kits, clothing and shoes will be flown to Indonesia to aid tsunami disaster victims in a partnership effort by Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Also, in their listing of “Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” number 11 states, “We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where or what they may.

As you look to cover community activity, I encourage you to emphasize activities from the various groups encouraging cooperation and tolerance among different groups. The recent disaster of the tsunami has given each of us a chance to reflect. Let’s not let the moment pass too quickly.

Nathaniel Jarvis

Federal Way

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