Editor:

This is not a Christian nation. Consider the words of Jesus of Nazareth:

“You’re familiar with the command of the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just may find yourself called into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.”  Matthew 5:21-22 (The Message)

The way we speak to and about one another in our homes, at school, in town, in the news and social media, and in the nation is directly opposed to the teachings of Jesus. Idiot and stupid are tame by comparison to our political speech. Our angry words reverberate around the world from a Pittsburgh synagogue to an inner city gang territory, from a New Zealand mosque and back to a Texas Walmart and an Ohio nightclub.

Violence erupts from angry words. We clutch our anger to our hearts and nurse it into rage.

One night when I walked home from the Saguaro Theater, a teenager blocked my path and said, “Hitler is my God.” He followed me to the Circle K shouting, “Hitler is my God.”

Will the teenager’s words revering Hitler someday erupt into violence in Wickenburg?

This is not a Christian nation.

S.K. Volentine

Wickenburg

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