Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Christ was not a civil rights leader

I truly hope that Eric Bjornstad’s letter, “Christ Deserves Day off like MLK” (SN 1/22), was some sort of a joke. In all the years I have read The State News, this is the most asinine letter I have ever read - and this includes the people advocating the 1994 grape boycott.

Christ was not a civil rights leader, he was a religious leader. If his gospels were written to protect civil rights, we would have never seen the Crusades, the Inquisition or the Holocaust. They were written to convince people that Christianity is the only true religion and all others will perish in hell.

To address your claim that your opinion is not racially motivated: The fact that you even mention this tells me that, in some way, it is. We do not know what color Christ was, and there were Caucasians in parts of the Middle East. Persians were actually the first Caucasians and resided in modern-day Iran, which lies due south of the Caucasus Mountains, hence the term Caucasian. But we do know Christ was a Jew - and this doesn’t stop people from being anti-Semitic. With the above in mind, you only make yourself look dumber by attempting to patronize the rest of us with your ridiculous claims.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a very important holiday in our country, if for no other reason than it reminds us that we, as a society, recognize the rights of everyone and have progressed to the point where we can accept all, regardless of their differences, whether it be racial, religious or otherwise.

And from the looks of Bjornstad’s letter, he, along with many others, still needs that yearly reminder.

Beau Taylor
1997 graduate


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