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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christianity is not a cafeteria

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says he's Catholic and conservative, but his actions prove he is neither. How tragic that a man who generally supports traditional American ideals and common sense can basically adopt the liberal, immoral view on the huge issue of marriage today. He said on his program recently that homosexual-marriage supporters have the "compelling argument" and that the other side basically just "thumps the Bible."

I have news for Mr. O'Reilly: God's judgment is upon you. Stop standing up for what is evil and stop mocking God's people who are standing up for what is right. When Jesus died and rose again, it was so people who believe in him would be able to live holy, new lives free from sin and debauchery — the New Testament is crystal-clear on this. Jesus didn't go through all that for a Laodicean, apostate church that practices a cafeteria-style religion where you select some things you like and turn your nose up at the rest.

Unfortunately, Mr. O'Reilly is one of a host of Catholics and Protestants in this last hour who think they can pick and choose. But if you reject what Jesus and the New Testament authors said about such important matters as sex and marriage, then it reveals you're not a real follower of Christ.

Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and law. The Founders strongly believed religion and morality were essential "pillars" to good government and national success. The homosexual lifestyle is completely at odds with traditional morality, not just the Christian view of it. It's also no accident that people who follow New Testament teachings on sex don't get venereal diseases. It is American and appropriate for our government to recognize only what is moral and healthy.

RANDALL S. BRALEY

Jamestown, N.Y.

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