Christian hypocrisy on Israel
A Christian is supposed to be someone who believes and practices the things Jesus Christ taught. That is why it annoys me when the Christian right, represented by the 700 Club's Pat Robertson and the Republican Party, give their blanket endorsement to Israel regarding the way it treats the Palestinian people.
These so-called Christians rummage through the Old Testament and find some verse stating that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who don't. They then use this to justify Israel doing whatever it wishes in relation to the Palestinian people and disregard the weightier matters of the law as expounded in the Sermon on the Mount and other teachings of Jesus. Whatever happened to the Golden Rule and love your enemies?
The current crisis in Israel was provoked by the Israeli government allowing Palestinians in East Jerusalem to be kicked out of homes they had lived in for years and Israeli authorities entering the most sacred parts of the Temple Mount. I don't agree with Muslim teaching, but these are not the pagan people that God commanded the Jews to subdue when they first came out of Egypt. They also believe in the God of Abraham.
Jesus Christ gave his followers a command to preach the gospel throughout the world. He did not give them a command to support the present state of Israel in everything it does even if it conflicts with Christian doctrine.
The hypocrisy in certain parts of the Christian community is only making the situation in Israel worse. They ultimately give Christianity a bad name in the non-Christian world.
Scholarships are vital
The cost of education in the United States stands in the way between millions of Americans and a college degree. That’s why I lend my voice to the growing chorus of successful college graduates across the country who, like myself, matriculated college as an endowed scholar. I am now a master trained and certified special education teacher and I am fulfilled every day by supporting diverse and eager learners.
My scholarships made college much more affordable and attainable. I will continue to support any efforts to increase the profitability of endowments, which fund scholarships and opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of their education. Those endowments are profitable thanks to their investments in hedge funds and use that money to support scholarships and college graduates like myself. The scholarships made possible through these investments are proof that hard work truly pays off.
I attended Benedict College, graduating in 2010 with a degree in mass communications and a 3.8 GPA. The scholarships that I received not only helped to relieve me of the financial burdens to pay for school, but also removed a hurdle for me on my path to the American Dream.
Marcus Shannon, Swansea
Dems stole the votes
On May 16 you printed a letter from me about columnist Eugene Robinson's racism.
A paragraph in the letter read: "Yes, I'm a conservative. Yes, I am a Republican. Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I'm over 70 and yes I voted. Unfortunately my vote and millions of others were 'stolen' from my party by Dominion and Republicans."
The final sentence should have read: "Unfortunately my vote and millions of others were 'stolen' from my party by Dominion and Democrats."
Emma L. Eckenrod, Eutawville