Letter to the Editor

Safe from stake

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Dear Editor,

I personally feel that the opinion page of the McCook Daily Gazette alone is worth the 50 cents paid. What an honor it is to publicly reveal my deepest feelings to thousands of strangers who probably don't care. But hey, how could I possibly comprehend the feelings of a complete stranger?

Recently, I was reading a letter that caught my eye. Being a bit of a religion and science nerd, I truly enjoyed the expressed opinion concerning the Deep Impact space probe colliding with the comet Temple 1. Afterward, I couldn't help but think of an "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (2 Timothy 3:7) Jewish scientists who once stated, "a system doesn't just have a single history as one might have thought. Rather, it has every possible history with some probably."

I'm also reminded of an Italian scientist by the name of Giordano Bruno. Suggesting that the Earth was in fact not the center of the universe, that space might not have any boundaries, and that this solar system might be one of many such systems in the universe.; Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600 A.D. for failing to denounce his "unbiblical," heretical beliefs as interpreted by his fellow Christians of the day. I'm guessing that those biblical scholars of 1600 weren't too impressed by Bruno's additional claim to a possibility of intelligent life existing within those additional solar systems.

More or less, I'm simply suggesting an additional reason for living in this country of great freedom. Not only are we constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to express our opinions, I legally can't be burned at the stake for doing so.

Oh, and one more thing ... I've occasionally noticed that people will sometimes quote the Bible, stating, "The Bible says this and the Bible says that ..." I've been wondering, where do these people find a talking Bible? ... Because I'd really like one, too."

Thanks for the freedom,

Caleb L. Trail,


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