Letter to the editor: No moral monopoly | Letters to the Editor
In a recent letter, Melvin Douglas Wilson made this utterly unbearable statement: “The Christian church is the one force that compels most evil in this country, and as the number of true Christians decreases, the amount of evil in this country. the world will shrink. continue to increase. Should we therefore assume that Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Baha’is, Sikhs, Pagans, Druze, atheists, agnostics and the various faiths of indigenous peoples have no positive influence?
And since when has Christianity been such a pillar of virtue? One can only be astonished at the massacre of Acre in 1191 by the Christian king Richard “the Lionheart”, who methodically had 3,000 men, women and children beheaded because his adversary Saladin was late for the payment of the ransom. . Or perhaps one should consider Christian behavior during the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572 when a Catholic mob killed thousands of French Huguenots. Or maybe we should look at those Puritan Saints in Salem Village and Hartford who decided that some “ungodly” people were witches, or like Quaker Mary Dyer, were not the right type of Christian, and hanged them . Or movable slavery. Or the forced cultural erasure of First Peoples. Or, more recently, the Holocaust led by “good Christians”. Or the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the former Yugoslavia.
Please, Mr. Wilson, explain how “The Christian church has been the foundation for establishing moral behavior. Yes, there were exceptions. Catholic Maximilian Kolbe proposed to die instead of a foreigner in Auschwitz. But in your opinion, political activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel had no moral consequences just because he was not a Christian. Neither does the Dalai Lama. Or Malala Yousafzai. Sorry, but I do not accept this argument. Christians do not have a monopoly on morality. No one does.