Different opinions doesn’t mean different beliefs

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

In reply to Carol L. Keller’s impassioned letter of Nov. 18, I thank you and your family for their sacrifices to our great country. Ours is a country born from the desire for and pursuit of freedom, an ideal certainly worth defending. That your family has, and is continuing to serve in defense of our freedom is commendable.

It does make me wonder, however, why you label someone expressing an opinion different from yours as anti-American.

What can be more American than using the rights granted to us by our constitution to express our opinions, unpopular as they may be with you and your family? And how do you substantiate our assertions that the people who oppose this war are all pacifists or anti-military? I don’t believe the evidence supports this, and I might suggest you read “The Four Agreements,” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and learn about making gross assumptions.

In my opinion, the war in Iraq demonstrates our current administration’s lack of global insight, cooperation and concern. To pursue this war halfway around the world under their obscure and dubious objectives and policies, only furthers my feelings that this is wrong and a true failure of how we should be in the world.

While you thank God for people like your family, I question why you feel God would sanction such death and destruction. Can it be a different God, not the father of Jesus Christ (a true pacifist) or the author of the Ten Commandments? Does your God truly encourage the deaths of our sons and daughter — as well as the killing of the sons and daughters of other nations? Does your God not hope for better from his greatest creations?

That our opinions on the war, and how God would want us to differ, is fine with me. I don’t feel called to label you or people who believe the same as you do, pathetic, self-loathing or anti-American. We simply have different beliefs and different opinions.

One other point Mrs. Keller, do you really think it is not possible to support our troops and not support this war? Can we not thank our soldiers for their service to our country, show our appreciation for their sacrifices and consider us both patriotic Americans? I’d say despite our differences, that is our true common ground.

Rick Resnick


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