TRENT JACKSON, Richland
The recent events in Connecticut were devastating to a whole nation. I felt sick when I heard Westboro Baptist Church planned to picket the memorial service for these innocent souls and say this was an act of God because of Connecticut legalizing gay marriage.
As a Christian, I believe that God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman. But I know my beliefs give me no right to condemn others. I believe that every sin is equal in the eyes of God, and we have no right to consider ourselves better than someone else.
I would never call the murder of innocent children an act of God. God loved us enough to die for all of our sins. This is not a God of hatred. I ask you all to not judge Christians by the actions of Westboro. They are an extremist organization that claims to follow my God.
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I'm sure we're all aware of what other extremists are capable of and fail to see the true religion these radicals claim to follow. Christians are a loving group of people who follow an even more loving and forgiving God. May God bless all affected in Newtown, Conn.