In his May 22 letter, “How easily hate begins,” Jerry Jewler recounts the story of a smiling fourth-grade boy who asked him if he was a Christian because, the boy said, he wanted to see Mr. Jewler in heaven.
It is beyond the pale to make the quantum leap from such an innocent, concerned, caring question from a little Christian boy to Mr. Jewler’s statement that children “who are taught to believe things that are patently false might have a propensity to hate without ever realizing they are doing so.”
Who is he to assume that Christian beliefs are patently false, and why would he assume that the teachings of Christ (love, forgiveness, etc.) would lead to hate? I believe that hate is more likely to spring from a lack of knowledge or understanding, and making a judgment as Mr. Jewler did.