Thursday June 7, 2018
Quoting only one pastor gives readers wrong impression.
I am writing to express my extreme dismay concerning your June 5 article about responses to the recent Supreme Court ruling about a Colorado baker's so-called religious freedom ("Opposite reactions in the area"). By quoting just one member of the clergy, you give the false idea to your readers that Christians agree with this ruling. Many of us do not.
My faith perspective is that this ruling promotes bigotry against the LGBTQ community, and I doubt Jesus would condone this.
I wonder how this baker would feel if a car dealership refused to sell him a vehicle, or a grocery store denied him food based on his religious values. What if the trash company refused to pick up his trash, or the local paper refused to advertise his store?
Among the core teachings of Jesus are 1) Love your enemy and 2) Do to others as you would have them do to you. This baker failed on both accounts.
The Reading Eagle should have sought a balance to this anti-LGBTQ bias and given the public a better understanding of the diversity of Christian opinion.
The Rev. Steve Ohnsman
Editor's note: Ohnsman is pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ, Reading.
Plenty of Christians abhor anti-gay bigotry