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Arrogant comments are not very Christian



Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

It is hard to know where to begin in responding to Donald J Morrison's letter about humanists (Write Back, June 22).

The arrogance displayed by the writer does no service at all to his professed Christian beliefs.

In particular, his expression of pity for the couple who have successfully won the right to have a humanist marriage reveals a profound disrespect for those who do not share Mr Morrison's religious outlook.

To say that the couple - and, indeed, all humanists - have "nothing to live for" shows a breathtaking presumptuousness.

I can reassure Mr Morrison that humanists have an enormous amount to live for, but I will not deign to respond to his outrageous implication that atheists burn in hell where they can repent their error in perpetuity.

There is also a huge intellectual deficit in his letter, whereby he concludes that the fact that we all die is - ipso facto - proof of life after death.

That represents one of the greatest of non-sequiturs.

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In short, I have no problem at all with Mr Morrison holding beliefs that I do not share.

What is unforgivable, however, is his unwillingness, or incapacity, to reciprocate such acceptance of difference.

No wonder John Lennon enjoined us all to 'imagine no religion' when this type of mentality is in evidence.


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