An open letter to Reverend Arnold Conrad
I ask you this sir, Who is your God? Because, although I am a Buddhist, I know the God you are trying to speak of would not condone the hate that spews forth from your forked tongue. The God you are invoking is a compassionate God who loves all beings on Earth regardless of race, religion, creed or sex. Like I said, I am no Christian but I am a person who believes we all have the same core values, regardless of what faith we choose to believe and practice.
Your “prayer” was highly divisive and utterly repugnant sir, you should be ashamed of yourself, I believe that with all of my being Reverend Arnold Conrad. Words like “I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it is Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that [McCain’s] opponent wins, for a variety of reasons, And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day,” only help to build more barriers sir.
What we need is a candidate who knows how to bring people together. Someone who has done just that sir will lead us to a great future, a brighter future. One where noone else’s “God” is bigger than the other’s, but a world where all the religions can come together and truly be free of obstruction like hate, sir. True compassion has no boundaries, love has no obstructions. Below are some quotes from a few world religions for you sir.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear … ”
1 John 4:18 (From the Bible sir, in case you missed that passage)
“The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings”
“When this love becomes developed in man it makes him able to understand the real position of his own Self as well as of others surrounding him.”
Sri Yukteswar (a Hindu)
“God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable.”
Koran Chapter 60, Verse 8
So I ask you Reverend, what God is it you speak of when you say “I pray that you will guard your own reputation”? I know a few Christians who are blown away by your words, who understand a Christian would never say the things you did. As you see by the quotes above sir, all religions share the same core value, love and compassion for all beings. You sir are wrong and misguided, but I forgive you as you should forgive yourself, we are all only human after all.