To the editor: This was a well-written article, but I must take issue with the implication that there is anything "spiritual" about that war. ("Spiritual war on same-sex marriage," July 8) It is clearly an angry, hateful war bred of the paranoia, rage and hypocrisy that dominates the evangelical movement. (I speak as a former evangelical Christian, turned "follower of Jesus Christ.")
There are numerous things called "abominations" in the Bible, which evangelicals now readily embrace as perfectly acceptable. They have just gotten stuck for the moment on same-sex marriage. Who knows what their next crusade will be? Perhaps a return to condemning interracial marriage, as they did when I was a child.
Christopher Knippers, Palm Springs
To the editor: I would like to remind the good Reverend that the Bible is interpreted differently like everything else, and evolving.
May I ask him when was the last time he killed one of his children for disobeying him or how many wives he has? Why aren't all these against God's will?
I call that selective interpretation of the Bible.
Ed Sinderman, Laguna Woods
To the editor: A salesman in the article named Daryl Fisher is quoted as saying that he expects the president "to rule this nation based on the beliefs in this book," referring to the Bible. What he and others like him fail to grasp is that U.S. citizens expect the president follow the beliefs in the Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law for all — not just for some.
Tom Stapleton, Glendale
To the editor: Why did the article not mention that millions of Christians support same-sex marriage? Not a single, old-line Christian church is mentioned, or that some of them have gay clergy folk.
Not trusting myself to remain civil, I'll not comment further.
Duane Waln, Camarillo
To the editor: The last time I heard God speak, She told me not to forget there is a separation of church and state in the United States. Gay marriage has nothing to do with religion.
Gay marriage, like all civil marriages, is a civil right just like voting was, and is, a civil right for citizens of every color.