Volume 93, Issue 49

Thursday, November 25, 1999


"Liar, Liar No. 15"

Belief may look bad

Prof crosses the line?

Belief may look bad

Re: "Police pull preacher" Nov. 18

To the Editor:

Preacher Ed Wellein and his right to speak freely on the Concrete Beach has overshadowed another issue brought about by his public "sermon" – the disservice he may have done to the name of Christianity in his approach.

I do not want to invoke another argument over the right to free speech because, frankly, I don't know enough about that issue to make a valid point. Rather, I want to point out that Wellein's method of presenting his beliefs may have actually distanced others from the very beliefs he was trying to promote.

I have grown up with a Christian religion my entire life and have never once been taught, or seen practiced, the act of insulting others as a way to share and promote religious beliefs. It seems to me that Wellein, referring to a group of people as whores, will not leave those people very open to accepting his beliefs.

If someone told me that I, or a friend of mine, was worthless and a failure and then said, "Oh, by the way, here's what I believe and you must believe it," would I be inclined to listen to him? Get real.

Wellein needs to realize that insults only turn people away. Most of the Christians that I know are more than willing to share their beliefs with others in a one-on-one or small group discussion, where all they ask is for others to listen to what they believe and why they believe it – without insulting or discriminating against anyone. If people agree with it, great. If not, then "Hey, thanks for listening anyways."

Wellein's presentation of his views, discriminatory and insulting to many, may have left some students with a negative image of Christians which is untrue, taken respect away from Christians on campus and given Christianity a bad name.

Gary Bauman
Media, Information and Technoculture II

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