I work for the Cathedral of Joy in south Richland. I recently witnessed a protest near the Mormon Temple on Gage Boulevard, where protesters stood across the road holding signs and screaming insults at our LDS neighbors.
While we may have different beliefs than our Mormon neighbors, we don't see the value of this kind of protest. Two of our members were so outraged at the actions of these "Christian" protesters, they went home, made a sign of love and encouragement to our Mormon friends and went down to stand opposite the protesters.
Needless to say, those who were screaming at the LDS members as they entered church were not happy with the opposing viewpoints our members presented. A couple of them seemed ready to become physical. Our members tried to calm them down and stay away from them, but it was not easy.
My prayer is that even when we have a difference of opinion, we can approach them with care and compassion. We should be building bridges to promote understanding rather than tearing people down for their beliefs.
Anyone who claims to follow Jesus should know that Jesus' primary teaching was to love God and your neighbors, including your enemies. Why don't we put down the signs that spread hate, and address the real issues in a way that promotes peace and love?
KENDALL KAISER, Richland