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Experiences of religious intolerance

religious intolerance Recent letters concerning the Baccalaureate service planned by some members of the community have given me cause to reflect on my own family's experiences in the community in relation to religious intolerance, and I feel a need to express my concern about the frequency of this type of behavior.
   The committee planning this service describe it as an "interdenominational Christian" event. At the same time, they specifically exclude members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and some other faiths who do not meet their criteria for a "Christian."
   It brings to mind the many times one of our children has come home from school, upset and confused when a classmate has accused them, often ignorantly, and sometimes arrogantly, of not being Christian.
   Our children don't understand how they can be considered non-Christian when we revere Jesus as the Son of God, that Jesus Christ's teachings, life, and sacrifice are the basis for all they hear in church, and they are taught to follow Christ's teachings and example in their lives.
   Yet, these other children tell ours that their parents and their church leaders have taught them that we are "not really Christian" and must be treated differently. For us, this is an insult as real and painful as are attacks on people because of other racial or religious differences.
   I acknowedge and appreciate that this attitude is not predominant in Woodinville, but I would ask individuals to carefully consider whether they are contributing to the spread of misunderstanding or divisiveness, and should try instead to encourage mutual respect and understanding among all faiths and peoples.

Peggy Slemp, Woodinville