By Andy Sense
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 15, 1998

Christians should back off

To the editor:

At the risk of playing into the mall heckler game by responding to a nutty religious guy, I have to take issue with Charles Nathan Hancock ("Lust does not justify living together," Apr. 10), who used the editorial page as a mall to voice his opinion that sex is sacred or something like that.

Maybe so, I don't care. What struck me as particularly offensive and indecent of Mr. Hancock, was the way he officiously cited contemporary Mormon church doctrine as some kind of basis for his argument.

We're not all Christians, Mr. Hancock. It is not "that simple." Appropriately, immediately next to Hancock's letter, Abdullah F. Rahman criticizes the Wildcat's snide coverage of Hajj ("Hajj brings together 'the human family'"). To me, Hancock's letter represents the lethargic and arrogant way most westerners, and especially Christians, think. Morality is arbitrary and changes from culture to culture and from individual person to individual person. Mr. Hancock's way of thinking is dangerous because, despite the Christian tendency to fancy themselves such martyrs, ("Oh, boo-hoo, they won't let me force other people to pray in public schools, woe is me!"), it is Christians, like Mr. Hancock, who make the laws in this country.

Mr. Hancock and I probably feel differently about a lot of things, but I'm not going to fling weighty words like, "sin," and "morality," at him. What he and his friends do in the privacy of their Institute is their business.

Andy Sense
English junior


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