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Maybe you noticed the letters the last couple of days taking me to task for some innocent remarks I made about the field of Republican presidential candidates and in particular about Mitt Romney. One writer said my column was “sick with venom” and claimed that I “crossed the line” in commenting on Romney’s Mormon religious beliefs, which I enjoyed even though it puzzled me. The other said I “behaved similarly to bigots and racists who ...

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November 27, 2011
4:40 p.m.

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There was a time in America when educated people considered it unwise and impolite to degrade the religious beliefs of others. Many considered attacks on these to completely unproductive.

I acknowledge that there have always been people who have earned their livings by mocking and confronting taboos, and I completely defend their right--at least inherent if not God-given--to do it. But ignoring taboos usually has consequences and I expect, Mr. Strock, that you're about to suffer some more of those. It's a professional hazard, I know, but a well deserved one.

November 27, 2011
10:02 p.m.

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making fun on peoples beliefs in a rude way is nothing more then an attempt to draw attention and justify a paycheck

November 28, 2011
9:11 a.m.

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Strock's remarks are refreshing to read in a daily paper. I'm all for the discussion of the absurdities of religion, which exist side by side with its profundities. I don't think he's right, though, about none the gospel writers knowing Jesus. That is, it's more complicated than that. The oldest text is Mark's (who may or may not have been in the wider group of disciples during the prophet's life), and Matthew is reputed at least to have been one of the twelve, but all the gospels except John's are based on a text that is no longer extant but was almost certainly put together with heavy input from firsthand witnesses and companions. This of course is no indication of authentic biography. We're lucky the gospels on the whole present the radical moral teachings (Sermon on the Mount) of a very remarkable rabbi: a visionary. And the redemption theology, which draws on the most ancient religious ideas, is symbolically very profound IMHO.

December 1, 2011
9:04 a.m.

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Avowed Infidel is going to be the name of my next band.