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Religions are all equally valid


I am writing in response to Karla Benson’s letter (“Don’t be intolerant while espousing tolerance,” Jan. 9), which was a reply to my own letter in December (“Religion doesn’t really matter,” Dec. 2).

First, let me say that my intention was neither to offend nor preach. I was just getting tired of all the religious debates that were going on in the Opinion section of The Chrony. You could tell that some of the letters were written just for the bragging rights of having been published in the paper.

Secondly, I have an opinion that I believe others share, and I needed our voices to be heard, or maybe just my own. I am honestly sorry if I offended anyone with my letter, but I think I was misunderstood.

I was not saying that there is no real religion. I was saying that no matter who, or what, you believe in, life will continue as it always has. You may have a different way of explaining it, but it is still the same occurrence. I was not trying to say that there is no real religion. I was simply trying to point out that they all may be equally valid-so don’t hate someone because his or her beliefs are different than yours.

Furthermore, I am not trying to convince anyone that there is no God. I was trying to say that life would proceed as it always has, regardless of whether or not he exists in reality at this moment. I believe existence in reality is different than existence in understanding. And it doesn’t matter if he exists in your understanding or not because things would still operate the same.

That is not my opinion-that is a fact. I just ask that before you attack people’s opinions, try to see what they are really saying.

Vanessa Johnson

Sophomore, Sociology

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