February 2013: If terrorists put down arms, the shooting will stop

If terrorists put down arms, the shooting will stop and peace will reign

Predictably, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness sent us an email to help urge my Senators and Congressmen to harass Israel about misuse of foreign aid. The underlying presumption of their demand was that Israel is at fault for the regional conflict and our tax dollars are being used to kill Palestinians in violation of US law.


At the same time, our nation is pouring millions into Islamist-controlled countries who are overtly supporting or conducting offensive killing operations against Israel. The recent transfer of US F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt is the latest example.


This fact is lost on the anti-Israel zealots inside the PCUSA.


Instead of using their boilerplate, slanted and factually incorrect email, I sent an email urging a Congressional investigation into the offensive military and terrorist activities of Islamist controlled nations, such as Egypt, who receive our taxpayer support but attack Israel.


Peace will erupt in the Middle East with three changes:


  1. Islamist acceptance of Israel’s right to exist (as specified in international law and UN resolutions).
  2. A renouncing of terrorism as a practice and policy.
  3. An immediate, permanent ceasefire along the borders of Israel.


Remember, if the terrorists put down their arms, the shooting will stop, peace will reign. If Israel puts down its arms, the wholesale genocide will commence. Those are inescapable facts in the region.


Martin Roules

San Diego, Calif.




You cannot insert your own agenda between the lines of Scripture

Re: Janet Edwards’ letter posted 11/28/12


As far as David and Jonathan being gay, I don’t think so. David saw Bathsheba bathing and lusted after her. She was very beautiful and he sent for her and he slept with her. She became pregnant and David had her husband Uriah sent to the front lines in battle so he would be killed. I don’t think David would do that if he was gay. He had sons by her.


Did Jesus say anything about gays? Remember, if we believe in the triune God there is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are one God. The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of the Scriptures and God’s commands are in the Scriptures. Jesus would say the same thing as the inspired Scriptures and the same thing God the Father says in them. Jesus said marriage was between a man and a woman, not two men or two women.


Jesus was not gay because He perfectly fulfilled the Law and He was sinless. It is certainly not scholarship to say because John was called the beloved disciple it means he and Jesus were lovers. You cannot insert your own agenda between the lines of Scripture.


Daniel Patterson