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Religious experience can benefit everybody

Arroyo Grande



The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

I learned and memorized this prayer when I was 8 years old and still remember it today (I’m 67). And, as an unapologetic atheist, I don’t believe a word of it. However, according to Mr. Rinzler (“Good News, bad news,” May 23, and “More thoughts on news,” June 6), this type of Christian “dogma” promoted by the Good News Club in some way “can do damage to the principles of civil society and to public education.”

I have to ask him, how so? It didn’t damage me. Some believe those words and try to live their lives according to them, while others, like me, live my life with at least some understanding of their beliefs. I think all of us, both believers and non-believers, are better off for having this information and some religious experience.

Mr. Rinzler should recognize and acknowledge that possessing the knowledge and understanding of both sides of every issue places us all in a better position to make informed decisions about how to live our lives and support and strengthen our civil society. Mr. Rinzler expressed “his opinion” supported by a very weak argument. He’ll need to do a lot better if he ever hopes to sway hearts and minds.

-- Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

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