The Vent: June 15 - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

The Vent: June 15

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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:15 am

"I have some biblical advice for Rod Livdahl (letter to the editor, June 10), who claims to be a person of faith and daily Bible reader: Stop judging other Christians or you will be judged yourself. Remove the beam from your own eye before plucking the speck from your neighbor's eye. Those are Jesus' words, not mine."

"I am most appreciative of Mr. Livdahl's letter to the editor (Friday). He reminds me of an old English literature teacher I had in college, who once told our class, ‘I like Jesus Christ; I just don't like Christians.' To expand on that sentiment, I would just like to say that religious people impress me the most when their words and - especially - their deeds truly reflect their beliefs. When so-called ‘believers' spew venomous rhetoric, I walk away."

"So many of these Vents sound like they were written by very old, cranky people - so mean-spirited, bitter and selfish that they refuse to give credit to others for good work, condemn people who do not agree with their views, jealously guard their benefits while denying others the same benefits, and seem so paranoid and suspicious that I can't help but think that they must hole themselves up in their little dwellings day after day, staying glued to their TVs watching FOX News."

"All these people protesting Sheriff Joe's raids must not care if their identities are stolen. How many of the protesters are illegals? You are criminals."

"I enjoy reading the vent for some unique perspectives, but you should exercise a little editorial judgment when people use your column to slander the president with vicious name calling. I can't believe you actually published the last online entry for June 13. People with that much hatred should not be given a public forum, and you should apologize for your complicity in encouraging such behavior.

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