Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Herman knew he was opening himself up for pot-shots when he presented his article about the new Pope’s intent on making the Church more relevant to the misguided folk who are not embracing the long tradition of organized religion (“Making the Church more relevant to ordinary people,” January 9 issue of the Review).

The first point that attracts my attention was that the concept of virgin birth was a miracle worthy of being the nucleus of religious belief. Studies of comparative religions have revealed the irrational idea of divine conception predates Mary by many thousands of years.

This week there was a respondent who makes a comment with regard to the decline in moral values and linking atheism to the observation that many worshippers come out of their devout moments and perform numerous acts of low moral value, ie. war and slavery. The variation between the many groups that worship the same deity is defined by the nature of their hypocrisy.

Students and scribes alike have always wondered where the idea of institutionalizing the practice of worship originated. History leads many to conclude that the value in organized religion is focused on manipulation of the common people in order to control wealth and power.

The decline of church attendance is more attributable to evolving intellectual awareness of the false motives and doctrines that have been used to suppress and control the populous. Liars should not prosper. Observe the corruption on display by many of the world’s elite. It’s nice to love thy neighbour, but not thy neighbour’s wife. Atheists do not need much ammunition to support their position. Where is the church relevant?

Daniel Kuly

Galahad, AB


Dear Editor,
Pipeline pipeline pipeline, northern Gateway Pipeline, then there’s southern Keystone XL that we’ve been hearing all over the airways for years – pros and cons – yes! All con artists, lobbyists for the legislature and ‘Big O’ telling us what the economic benefit would bring to Alberta and Canada.
As a farmer, will this mean I would pay $7 per gallon of farm fuel instead of $5 at present?
Never does one hear who will pay for this enormous project. In the end it’s the Canadian taxpayer.
How wonderful – we pay the construction cost to ship our natural resources, ‘Big O’ reap the profit. What a deal!
In the past our Great Leaders of this Nation made terrible deals and decisions in management of our natural resource ‘water’. It’s in all the history books – read!
Now, here we are again. The Redford and Harper administration getting us and future generations deeper in debt that citizens can never repay!
The height of greed in our present day Government and the ‘Big O’ oil and gas cartel of the world as designated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Hank Abbie,
Rumsey, Ab

Dear Editor,
I read the opinion piece “Hope for a troubled region” (ECA Review, February 6). I would take issue with many of what are in my opinion the author’s cherry picked points of her article. In my opinion, if history is read of the region to gain better understanding of the politics that are currently at play.
A millennium ago there was a Jewish state that was destroyed when they were driven out by their Arab neighbours. Many Jews remained in the area but did not have a country of their own.
Flipping ahead a millennia to the nineteen thirties, the Jews of Europe were being oppressed and driven from their homes by various means by various governments.
It was made clear to all the Jews they were not wanted by any nation on earth and if they wanted to exist they would have to take up the sword so to speak.
I would refer to the tale of the ship SS St. Louis in 1939 when our forefathers refused entry to Canada of a ship load of Jews. Canada didn’t want the Jews either.
In the nineteen fourties the concentration of Jews in the middle east were pressed into action by the fact they came to the realization they were not wanted anywhere and if they were to survive either as a race or religion they would have to fight.
The fact that when some six million of their number in Europe were destroyed, the world did not react until there was much land and resources at stake – they were made to realize how the Jews were valued. Eventually the UN created the State of Israel by portioning Palestine.
No Arab state recognized Israel or the right to exist. I would put forth the tenet that in large part the Israelis are so strongly supported by the West because the West do not want them to be considered for immigration to our countries.
Understanding some of the long story of the region would tend to temper and understand why the Israelis fight with the ferocity and extent to which they go to defeat their acknowledged enemy and neighbour.
The tension was not softened when the Palestinians elected Hamas to lead them, an entity avowed to destroy the state of Israel and who refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Through all time the strong have forced their will on the weak, in Israel’s case they are fighting for their right to exist.
As well this is done, I might add, while we are standing on the necks of the North American Aboriginals.
Jack Wesselman
Stettler, AB

Dear Editor,
Concerning “Hope for a troubled region” (February 6 issue of the Review).
The opinion stated was that Israel was “occupying territories unlawfully.”
I disagree; Israel is not just occupying territories, they are in ownership of these territories.
This land was given to them, by the one that created the land, that also happens to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who’s name was changed to Israel).
This was given to them by a Covenant that God has said that He will never, break. All the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession.
Israel, as a solvent nation has every right to defend themselves against their many enemies. In fact they would be irresponsible if they didn’t!
I for one am proud of our Prime Minister, Steven Harper, for standing with Israel.
What Israel is doing in the West Bank is not contrary to God’s covenant law, that over rules Geneva Convention, International law and Canadian Law.
Phil Doan,
Castor, AB

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