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This letter is in response to Edward T. Bernhoft’s letter (April 21), in which he claims to be a “true Christian.” Mr. Bernhoft’s letter is filled with intolerance, ignorance and hate. He feels that homosexuals should not be welcome in a place of business owned by “true Christians.” The dictionary defines a Christian as one who professes belief in Jesus and follows the religion based upon his teachings. The dictionary also defines a Christian as one who manifests the qualities, or spirit, of Christ and is “a decent human being.”
A business owner that would turn a customer away because of the customer’s sexual orientation is certainly not “a decent human being,” nor Christ-like. The Jesus most Christians worship was kind and caring to everyone.
Mr. Bernhoft refers to the Bible as “God’s word to the world,” which he also appears to use as his reference for what is right and wrong. The Bible also speaks against: shaving (Leviticus 19:27); cursing (Ephesians 5:4); gossiping (Leviticus 19:16); eating lobster (Leviticus 11:10); eating pork (Leviticus 11:7); not covering your head (Leviticus 10:6); touching a football (pigskin, Leviticus 11:8); getting a divorce (Mark 10:8).
I sure hope you don’t shave or curse or eat lobster, Mr. Bernhoft.
It is my belief that every business in El Dorado County should serve the needs and respect the rights of all people. It is my hope and prayer that everyone who lives in, or passes through, our part of the world is treated with kindness and respect.
“El Dorado County is too great for hate.”