Letters to the Editor

Science, reason better authorities

In "Bible must be source of authority," the writer states that "No one person created the traditions we all follow in respecting humans, it evolved." That sounds reasonable. However, the sentence "The only document that prescribes a way of life that is acceptable by all is the Bible" is, in my view, inaccurate and arrogant. The Bible is not acceptable by all. Religion via the Bible has brought us the Dark Ages, the Crusades, the Inquisition, witch burnings, pogroms and religious wars. It has fueled bigotry, punished heretics, endorsed oppression of women and slavery. Prisons are full of Bible-reading religious criminals. I prefer science and reason as my sources of authority.

JACK LACKEY

Modesto

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