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Dear Editor,

Kathleen Parker’s column on March 24 astutely places Mel Gibson in the Holocaust denier category, raising disturbing questions about one possible motivation for filming “The Passion of the Christ.”

In the years following World War II, anti-Semitism ceased to be respectable, and Vatican II exonerated Jews in the death of Christ, so the tradition of the Passion plays during Holy Week finally died out. Now those vicious stereotypings of Jews have been brought to life on the worldwide screen.



My grandparents came to this country exactly 100 years ago because the previous year a particularly violent pogrom had broken out in a Ukrainian village at Easter time. America is different, I have always believed, and continue to, a belief happily bolstered by the numbers of non-Jews who recently turned up to help wipe the swastikas off a Denver synagogue. But there is a valid concern of how The Passion will play in Europe and the Arab world.

Ms. Parker asks conservatives if they really want to participate in the praise for Gibson’s film. All Christians might want to ask themselves that same question as the calendar approaches the day on which died a Jewish teacher in whose name his people for many centuries suffered untold agonies.



Judith King

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Almost every day in the Post, someone is quoting the Bible like they are an authority. They pick out quotes from the Bible to defend their values and to condemn others for their “sins.”

The Bible was written by man. Whether or not you believe it was inspired by God is an issue of faith, not truth. As a limited human being, there is no way our minds could even fathom true knowledge of God. That is why we have beliefs. It is arrogance to suggest we know the truth.

The problem with our beliefs is that we cling to them like they are the only truths. This is why we are fighting wars today. People use religion to back up their own values and condemn others’. They interpret lines out of their version of the Bible to defend their animosity of what they do not believe or understand. Yet, a truly biblical scholar would probably agree that one of Jesus’ most powerful messages to the world was to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

According to the Bible, Jesus said this is the second greatest commandment. Why are people quoting the Bible to defend their judgments of others when this goes directly against the New Testament?

Maybe to make my point, I will end this with the following Bible quote: “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Matthew 7:1.

Rob Tramazzo

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

After reading of the problems with the funding of the state parks, it seems to me that we here in Colorado are fighting amongst ourselves. The Bush administration is loving all this!

When we are paying attention to what is happening here with our tax dollars, they are spending billions in Iraq for the infrastructure there, which if I don’t miss my guess, will include (at some point) recreation areas. What is wrong with this picture?

Harold Graves

Parachute

Dear Editor,

In just two years the U.S. dollar has lost a third of its value. Any country selling to the United States gets dollars worth less and less, including the $60 billion to $70 billion of oil imports, so producers have raised prices to adjust for the dollar’s decline. Some predict $3.50/gallon gas by late summer. Love that gas hog SUV?

The U.S. trade deficit is at record levels, hitting $489 billion in 2003. Corporate America has sent 3 million well-paying manufacturing and high-tech jobs overseas in the last two years. Like a credit card drunk, the United States is piling up debt the world’s creditors will, probably soon, demand payment for. Meanwhile Bush and crew provide huge tax cuts for the rich and corporations, while piling up record federal deficits: $521 billion this year alone.

Many states, including Colorado, are in deep financial trouble, as the economy continues to slow and Republicans give their rich friends and corporations tax cuts. Ever more corporations move their headquarters offshore to avoid taxes, including Nabors, the giant energy services company operating here in Garfield County.

These corporations want all the privileges and access to resources here, but none of the responsibilities. Nabors avoided $10 million in taxes last year. Corporate federal taxes dropped $71 billion in the last three years. Fine corporate citizens?

Add $120 billion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and $1.25 billion a week for the “occupation.” No wonder Bush wants to grab the Social Security Trust Fund and destroy Medicare. When will Bush policies crash the whole economy?

Chester McQueary

Parachute

Dear Editor,

The Denver Post editorial pronouncing President Bush to be lax in his attention to terrorists pre-911 failed to consider his administration’s strong proactive stance of firing Tomahawk missiles randomly into Afghanistan at any position where Osama bin Laden had purportedly been.

These attacks commenced in February a month after President Bush took office and continued through the end of August when Secretary of State Colin Powell hand-delivered a check for $43 million to the Taliban, two weeks before 9-11. This money was to help the Taliban enforce their ban on poppy growing, which was said to finance terrorism.

Sincerely,

John Hoffmann

Carbondale


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