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Letters to the editor, July 2

Height of hypocrisy

Presidential wannabe Bobby Jindal made numerous erroneous claims at a recent annual conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, using fiery rhetoric to rouse the crowd. Rhetoric hollow, in fact, but loaded with innuendo to satisfy the emotional hot buttons of like-minded extremists.

Jindal claimed in his speech that there is a “silent war” on religious liberty, which is code for the anti-gay, anti-abortion sentiment among most conservative Christians. He further claims that “the left” is disrespectful of those who “happen to disagree with them.” “The left is trying to silence us,” he says, “and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore.”

This straw man argument works the crowds into a frenzy. It is this type of false rhetoric that eventually drove me from the faith of my parents. Any Christian would be hard-pressed to site a specific example of where their religious practices have been held hostage.

In a 2012 Pew poll, Christians comprised 78.3 percent of the U.S. population. They own vast resources of wealth and have more of their members representing them in state and federal legislatures than any other religious sect.

To infer as Jindal does that they are a persecuted lot is the height of hypocrisy and his hate-filled words only set a fire under the mentally unstable among us who will likely see this as authorization for them to carry out acts of violence already heightened by similar rhetoric from the extremists elements of gun supporters.

Larry Beck,