Letters to the Editor

Human Secularism...Again

 In opening I wish to convey kudos to Ted at the Pipestone Flyer for continuing to provide a topical forum which, to say the least, can be controversial at the best of times.  And how predictably comical that my defence of Human Secularism draws condemnation in the form of a poorly thought-out interpretation of my letter by feature editor, Douglas Hendrickson regarding the original interpretation of Secularism by Margaret Chegwin’s in her article attacking atheists using as her weapon, the bible - which in itself is an interpretation of previous texts and ancient tomes regarding who said what over 2,000 years ago…and so on.
 Your first mistake, Douglas, (perhaps in your fervor to reply) occurred exactly three words into your comment, in the spelling of my name. Then it became comical in it’s lack of knowledge.  I will chose but two examples from your ramblings to illustrate this: Hitler as an atheist, and, the ‘one true god’ comment / interpretation / feeling/thingy.
 Invoking Hitler as a comparison to atheism, Douglas, shows the shallowness of a lazy demeanour in performing simple research on your subject, because many, many Nazis were Christians as can be seen here if you care to look at the Nazi German Christian Movement Badge  http://nobeliefs.com/mementoes.htm  (if you dare type it into a computer search engine). The same site will show you the official Nazi belt buckle worn by German soldiers, (like the ones at the gates). It says right on it that God is with them.
 As to the ‘One True God’ (let's base it on gods who were  born of a virgin, on December 25, were fathered by a
God, performed miracles , were resurrected after three days, performed miracles  . . . etc), well, let’s look at how many one true Gods we can choose from. A good example is the god Horus.
 Horus was born of a virgin on December 25th and his birth was accompanied by a star in the east, under which three kings came to adorn the newborn saviour. At the age of 12, Horus was a prodigal child teacher and at the age of 30, he was baptized and thus began his ministry. Horus had 12 disciples and performed miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water. Horus was known by many other pet names such as The Truth, The Light, God’s Anointed Son, The Good Shepherd, The Lamb of God.  After being betrayed by Typhon, Horus was crucified, buried for three days and thus resurrected.
 Interestingly, much of the same can be said for many other ancients , including Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra . . . and,  Jesus Christ.  This is recorded history. Five minutes on any computer will verify it.
 In closing, Douglas,  you say, “ I pity future generations if more people in our society go their own way and think nothing of God. My fear, Douglas, is a future where the people of our society don't need to find their own way because they go about their daily lives thinking of nothing BUT a God.
 P.S.  Nice spin, but my letter was in defence of Secularism and not an attack on anyone.

Maurice St.Jean, Leduc, AB.

Highway 19 Article
 I just finished reading the article by Linda M. Steinke on the twinning of Highway 19.
 This is by far the best article I have read on this subject. Lots of background and insight into this project. Just thought I'd pass this on.

John Bryson

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