Letters to the Editor

Caring acts

March 11, 2010


To the editor:

Of recent it seems that every good deed is attributed to Christ or Christianity. A few days ago, the Journal-World published a story about a group in Eudora which was preparing food packets for those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. One of the participants described it as “the Christian thing to do.” What if the group had been Jewish or Muslim? Would it have been a “Muslim” thing to do, or a “Jewish” thing to do? Or, forbid, what would you call it had the group be comprised of agnostics? An “agnostic” thing to do?

Pleeeeeze … Let’s not cheapen religion, any religion or even nonreligion, by ascribing to it acts which should be done by caring people everywhere, every day, simply because the time to help is whenever one has a chance to do so, with or without religious motivation.

Dick Walker,

Baldwin City


Beth Ann Bittlingmayer 7 years, 10 months ago

Articulate and Well Meaning. Above all, such beautiful acts of kindness can first and foremost be attributed to compassion and love. Thank you for reminding us of that.

Chris Ogle 7 years, 10 months ago

Don't forget the real point...."food packets for those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti."

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 10 months ago

It was the HUMAN(humane) thing to do. How's that?

denak 7 years, 10 months ago

I think the only thing that cheapened these acts of kindness was not that the individuals involved chose to view it as "the Christian thing to do" but rather that Mr. Walker chose to criticize and disavow the acts simply because they were described as such.

Rather than acknowledge that religion does play a positive role in people's life, he chose to imply that the individual's motivations were less than positive simply because there were religious overtones to their motiviations.

It is Mr. Walker's myopic view that needs to be changed, not the "Christian's" views and motivations that need to change.


Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

At heart, all major religions teach the three jewels of the Tao: Compassion, humility and moderation. Most followers fail in these areas many times because are all flawed and weak. The principles, however, are worth our attention. We need to stress the commonalities we share and not look for divisions.

Jason Bailey 7 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Walker: You, my friend, are a classic case of Too Much Time On your Hands. You get all worked up over someone attributing a good act as a "christian thing to do"? We are a nation of oversensitive, Oprah-ized lemmings.

There are many evils and unfairness in this world. Perhaps spend more time focusing on real issues instead of wasting your breath on perceived atrocities.

jafs 7 years, 10 months ago


Many other religions are also practiced in this country.

jafs 7 years, 10 months ago


Actually the founding fathers were not Jewish or Christian, but for the most part some sort of transcendentalists.

"All men are created equal" "Endowed with inalienable rights"

There is no mention of Jesus.

I agree, by the way, that it was the "Christian thing to do" to help others. The letter writer is simply pointing out that there are other reasons/ways that human beings help one another, and that one does not have to be a Christian to do so.

Historically, our laws are a mish-mash of English common law, plus a variety of other influences, including some sort of Judeo-Christian ideas, some of which are in conflict. For example, the "eye for an eye" mentality which demands punishment is completely opposed to the "turn the other cheek" mentality which forgives.

We're a strange country.

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