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I find it very distressing that while the Christian church, with nary a peep in opposition, tolerates the squandering of trillions of federal tax dollars for war and its subsequent expenses, it quibbles, and splits over the rights of the 5 percent (plus or minus) of the population that shares a love for one another in less traditional ways.

And of equal astonishment, the church quibbles and splits on the assumed authority of the most obscure passages in a book thousands of years old. This old book’s oft irrelevance is apparent from the fact that the church conveniently ignores many of the most obvious commands regarding giving, sharing resources, healing, etc. that one would think should be of equal validity as the passages referring to non-traditional love and marriage relationship.

Considering the clamor that the church expends surrounding this 5 percent sharing love as befits their physiology, the trillion-dollar war budget is not likely to be challenged nor reduced.

If the Christians would elect and demand that politicians cease allocating such mind-boggling sums to war, but rather fund schools, hospitals, improved agricultural methods, cross-cultural experiences for students at home and abroad, we might reap good will for the efforts expended on such programs and diminish the universal suspicion and hatred that currently festers in nigh every foreign nation victimized by our trillion-dollar militarist squander.

HARRY DYCK

Elkhart

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