Readers respond to dueling church officials, Idaho militias

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Young Kwak photo

INTOLERANT OF TOLERANCE

"Clash of the Clerics" (3/7/19) is a well-written and researched article. Bravo to Mr. Daniel Walters for his fair-handed reporting.

I'm not Catholic, nor do I know the bishop of Spokane, Thomas Daly; however, I can tell you three things about the man:

• He has a working knowledge of holy writ;

• He will not compromise God's word in the name of perverse tolerance;

• He is a brave soul.

In confronting the pope himself, this bishop is putting it all on the line. There might be many other bishops and even cardinals who support his views, but when the pope decides to dig in his heels, we'll see how many will stand by our good bishop. Matthew 18: 15-19 is in order here. I encourage Catholics (Orthodox, and all flavors of Protestants as well) to take Jesus at His word.

Sometimes tolerance is an evil in itself. As the apostle famously said, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge" (Acts 4: 19).

Stravo Lukos
Spokane, Wash.

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Caleb Walsh illustration

AMAZED OR ALARMED?

For some time, I've been meaning to thank you for adding Zach Hagadone's commentaries to the Inlander. His most recent perspective on Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's friendly relationship with militia groups and the groups' involvement with our state's politics rings true ("I ♥ Militias," 3/7/19).

I live in Hayden, Idaho, and occasionally have witnessed the anti-government, fear mongering, and just plain scary tactics used by militia groups and their associates. They act as if they have a direct line to "the truth" about what is going on in the world and they want to make Idaho more homogenous, less welcoming, and our social life more contentious than it already is.

I join Mr. Hagadone in not being particularly amazed. I am, however, extremely alarmed. I appreciate his bringing this important issue to our attention.

Victoria C. Bruno
Hayden, Idaho

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