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Van Impes’ demonizing goes over the line

March 8, 2013
The Alpena News

Re: local Sunday morning TV program featuring preacher Jack Van Impe and his wife, Rexella. Demonizing a particular group gets one's attention.

The Van Impes not only single out a particular religion, but accuse (Jan. 24) two U.S. Christian pastors of "mamby pamby, fuzzy wuzzy" behavior and of "apostasy" because they encourage tolerance of and a measure of unity with - a certain different (supposedly) religious faith.

In my opinion, the Van Impes are skirting close to qualifying as a hate group with their current target for aspersion - a historic group, one of the three Abrahamic religions. They wouldn't dare attack Jews, Blacks, or Native Americans as they do Muslims and Islam, but then Muslims are the latest favorites in the United States today to vilify and fear.

Muslims aiming for world domination? This is the hypocritical pot calling the kettle black. Jesus directed his followers, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (KJ version.) They have and still are.

The world is going through vast changes today. It is understandable to want to get the inside scoop on what is really going on so as to relieve the anxiety of not knowing and also to be included among the chosen few to be saved. This is the day of the "rapture generation," according to Van Impe.

Dr. Van Impe is a self-described authority on the Bible, a centuries-old book he applies to life today. He takes especial delight in revealing secrets of that magical astrological horoscope, The Book of Revelation(s).

We may choose what we want or don't want to believe with the utmost faith and conviction, even at our own peril. But, advocating hate and intolerance toward a particular cohort is quite another position.

The Van Impes cross the line.

Elaine Thompson

Alpena

 
 

 

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