All ideas should be questioned

To the editor:

Every once in a while, and with increasing frequency, I wonder if other people responding to letters published in this paper have actually bothered to read the letter that they’re claiming to respond to.

This is the case with a letter published recently from Mr. Clouse.

Now completely neglecting the part where Mr. Clouse claims that Jesus somehow appeared in books of the Bible written long before his birth (the first mention of Jesus is Matthew 1:16 for those playing at home), Mr. Clouse also claims that Jesus did answer all of the questions posed by the always enlightening Mr. Keranen.

To this I have one response. Well, I have two responses, but laughter doesn’t really count in this context, but I digress. Where?

Where is germ theory explained to us? Is it in Mark 7:15 which reads “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come from out of him, those are they that defile him”? Is it talked about in Matthew 15:11, which states what is fundamentally the same thing as Mark 7:15?

Mr. Clouse goes on to say that it is unfair for critics of Jesus (and by extension, God) to question Jesus (and by extension, God). Wait? What?

Is it also unfair for critics of the Allah of Islam to question him? Is it unfair for critics of Cthulhu to question the great beast? Is it unfair for critics of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to question the wisdom of His Noodly Appendage? Of course it’s fair.

Questioning is fundamental to the human experience.

It is only through questioning our ideas and beliefs that we can grow to be better than we are currently.

All children ask “Why?” of their parents not simply to be annoying, but to gain knowledge and to grow. No idea and no God is immune to questioning, all are treated equally. Why?

Because it’s only fair.

Bryan Sebeck

Canton, Mich.