Civilized or not?

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With regard to Aurelia T. Smeltz’s letter (“Senses Assaulted,” Feb. 24): Blasting music in a public area is inconsiderate, just as texting in a movie theater or cutting someone off on the highway are inconsiderate. Civilized people, however, do not kill others for lack of courtesy and the fact that anyone could even compare blasting music with blowing some young person’s life away both stuns and saddens me.

When Judas came to betray Jesus at Gethsemane, Judas was followed by “a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.” It was obvious to everyone there that the crowd meant Jesus harm. If there was a time to “stand your ground” that was it.

Yet, when one of the apostles took out his knife and began fighting to defend the very life of Jesus, Jesus told him to stand down — that those who live by the sword, die by the sword, that violence only begets violence, that murder brings spiritual death for the murderer.

I would ask anyone who thinks there can be any comparison between being annoyed by loud music and taking the life of a young person who has only just begun to live to read Matthew 26:47-56 as many times as needed until he or she understands that “stand your ground” and Christianity are antithetical concepts.


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