This is in response to Nick Utschig’s letter on March 13 (“Jesus wouldn’t pick political parties, but he’s a pinko”). Let’s get the facts straight, Nick. How can you quote the Bible, a book you admitted to not believing in yourself as an atheist, to support your arguments? But since you insist, I will respond.

How is it disrespectful to put God’s name on money. You say money is “the roots of all sorts of evil”?

Wrong. What the Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 is that, “For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Notice how I use the entire verse, Nick, not just the part that proves my point. Money itself is not the problem. When you ask if God wants to be taught alongside such violent history, I say why not? Wasn’t he the reason for many of history’s bloodiest conflicts (i.e. The Crusades)?

When it comes to your stance on invading Iran, do you, Nick, feel safe with a radical, extremist government in control of the deadliest weapon in existence? Sure, they’re just enriching uranium for energy production, riiiiiight. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (the Iranian president) has already proclaimed his hatred for Israel and his plans to wipe Israel and its allies off the map. Feeling safe still?

Finally, the Geneva Convention protects the rights of combatants who are fighting in distinct uniforms, not people dressed in civilian clothes. In no way does it protect any crazed, radically religious extremist dressed in plain clothes with plans to kill innocent human beings by flying planes into buildings or blowing up improvised exploding devices.

I think you’re the pinko, Nick. Not Jesus.

Zach Oates
Civil engineering junior

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  1. I reference the Bible because of the beliefs of my audience. It doesn’t matter if it’s all, partly, or not-at-all true or believed in.

    On Iran, I sure wouldn’t like nuclear proliferation, and never asked for it in my posts. There is also a difference between posturing "You’re either with us, or against us" and true international relations. Still terribly anti-humanist what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (the Iranian president) said. (You think I didn’t know who he was? That’s cute.)

    The Geneva Convention regulations are not a high water mark of human respect, they are a bare minimum to be met. Even radically religious extremist folk are humans.

    All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

    There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:34-37)

    I think Jesus was a pinko leftist socialist poor-loving dirty communist.

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