Some conservatives in need of enlightening [Letter]

It's remarkable that Commissioner Richard Rothschild's March 9 opinion column regarding Iran was published the same day as the U.S. Senate's (rather Senate Republicans') open letter to Iran was released.

Both seem their intended recipients are stupid. Rothschild wrote: "For those who have not been following events in the Middle East … Jews and Christians [huh?] should know…" (Later in his letter Rothschild tells us "Bible-believing Christians and Jews understand …"] The Senators: "It has come to our attention ... that you may not fully understand our constitutional system."


His comment about Bible-believing Christians and Jews goes on to chastise, "For some of my Carroll County friends who may be indifferent …" These are presumably not "Bible-believing" and sardonic "friends."

I agree that conservatives need some enlightenment. It seems some don't understand that Islam is one of the three Abrahamic religions, that Jesus is one of their revered prophets, along with John the Baptist. There are Mohamed and four others of Arabic traditions, the other 21 prophets are from the Old Testament. I am concerned that Rothschild may be ignorantly prejudiced against Muslims.

Are the "Persecutions in the Middle East parallel those of 1930s Germany" that Rothschild wrote about Israel's barricaded ghetto that is Gaza and the nearly 2,000 persons exterminated there just earlier this year?

Granted, Iran shows us the great danger of politicizing religion, or religious-izing politics, yet Rothschild believes it is correct to pray his personal faith while in his role as a commissioner? Maybe some of the petitioners at the public meetings are his "Bible-believing Jews" that aren't quite comfortable with that.

The Supreme Court ruling on Town of Greece, N.Y. vs. Galloway, allowing the town's governing leaders' selection of religious clergy representatives for an opening prayer, was not about prayer by elected officials at government functions.

Only the U.S. has ever used nuclear weapons. We were fighting for God and country. Over 200,000 Japanese citizens were obliterated. In those times, the vast majority of them would have been Shinto, a religion focused on sincerity, purity and serenity.

Finally I'll close with stating that I honor and respect my country, but I do not unconditionally love it, as I do my children. I hope few of us do. That's what makes this the greatest nation on earth.

Raymond H. Bosworth