Sadly, we live in an age where the world is wracked by terrorism committed by Islamic extremists. But Christians are also guilty of extremism and, in fact, the Bible contains calls to war that are far worse than anything found in the Qur’an. For instance, in 1 Samuel 15:3, the prophet Samuel commands King Saul, “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

That is called genocide. It is actually worse than genocide because at least Hitler let the animals live. I would like to think that it would be obvious to rational minded individuals that this commandment could not have possibly been inspired by the God of love that Jesus taught about. If anyone inspired these passages it was most likely the devil. That and similar genocidal passages like Deuteronomy 20:16-17 prove that the Bible cannot possibly be the Word of God in the way that Christians believe. It therefore cannot be used as calls to violence in the name of God.

James Thomas

Ottumwa

Our government is in total chaos, debts can never be paid, jails and prisons filled to the limit, crime rate rising by leaps and bounds, murder and killings rise daily, schools are in turmoil, educational levels at an all-time low, family values no longer exist, we have no control over our children. With each session of congress more laws restricting and conflicting are passed adding to the many problems we have. More invaders we have welcomed by the government to house, clothe and feed at the cost of the taxpayer. Each news report is filled with lies. How did this happen? Planned by the enemies of the United States. Working for an agency of our government which required a clearance to obtain much reading was required and the signing of many papers. One of those documents which required knowledge of listed the 10 rules for the takeover of America. I gave that little thought at the time. Nine of those 10 rules have been fulfilled. The last rule is control of all firearms. The other nine are: Rule No. 1. take people mind from church and god putting it on sex and sports; 2. create chaos in all branches of government; 2. control families’ lives from diets to behavior; 4. lower the learning power of all people; 5. teach lies about anything; 6. rile the races infiltrate with many different races; 7. rise the crime rates; 8. devaluate monies; 9. create scandals, lies and mistrust, do away with the middle class; 10. control of all firearms. We are on the ropes with a nine count. See it daily. See all the trouble with a few statues and words. Confederate comes from the articles of confederation which was the forerunner of the constitution, which reads each state controls itself. Has nothing to do with slavery and was not fought about slavery. The war had been fought for over a year before the word slavery was mentioned. The flag you most often see representing the south is the St. Andrews cross. The confederate flag is the stars and bars. The other was honor for fighting for a cause. All of the problems are based on lies with the purpose of causing more troubles. It is sad we cannot think and learn before we shoot off our mouths and cannons.

Max Hulen

Ottumwa

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