Your Opinion: Response on derisive comments

Dear Editor:

A frequent contributor has said that derisive and mean-spirited comments originate from “hate radio” or others on his list of the usual suspects.

Who was it that wrote about the debt limit debate, “what they did was put a financial gun to the country’s head?” And also stated, “The Tea Party Republicans such as Vicky Hartzler have mugged Uncle Sam?” Those statements, aren’t mean-spirited?

I dare say that the comment about such language being a “Jihad against fellow Americans,” even though overstated, may have some validity.

And just this weekend, Teamster union president Jimmy Hoffa had some very unkind words to say about Tea Party people.

Were his words mean-spirited and derisive? Clean up your side of the fence before you instruct your neighbor on the proper way to manicure his lawn.

My discussion about tithing and taxes was all documented and the sources are the tax returns of the president and his running mate.

The source for tithing is from the Bible, which stands for itself, and not what this contributor says. He says, in “modern Christianity tithing is mostly “free will.”

Who said that the KJV Bible was outdated? He should study the Bible not just what someone else says about the Bible or what he thinks it might say.

As far as, “In the radical right Christian sphere, tithing is a mandatory 10 percent of income.” Is this something like a church sending letters out to their members listing the amount they should be giving to the church this year? 2 Corinthians 9: 7 states, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Doesn’t look mandatory in Scripture, nor do I think it is mandatory.

This contributor uses the same type of mean-spirited wording that he condemns others of using.

It is hard discussing adult issues with children. But then he is not discussing issues, he is attempting to convince us with lies and half truths.

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