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Tying Christians to KKK gathering years ago ‘appalling’

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POSTED January 21, 2014 1:12 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

Larry Baca’s letter to the editor on Martin Luther King Day of all days, titled “Christians, Freethinkers and the KKK” is the most appalling letter I have seen in the Bulletin. 

This letter implies that Christians are racist and align themselves with those of the KKK since a group of Christians prayed and gathered at the library when a group of atheist chose to meet there but did not years ago counter when the KKK tried to recruit in Manteca.  While the atheists have a right to meet at the library, so do the Christians have a right to assemble and pray.  To compare praying Christians to the KKK is a racist and disturbing comment in itself.

Martin Luther King was also a Christian and quoted Jesus Christ in several of his speeches. 

“We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God. We have worshiped the god of pleasure only to discover that thrills play out and sensations are short-lived.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a speech in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr quoted Mark 10:41 stating, “Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.”

Martin Luther King fought for equality that “we should not be judged by the color of our skin.”  He taught the examples of Christ.  He believed in Christianity, was a Christian man, a national hero, and a leader.

Larry Baca’s comments against Christians being racist by comparing the two gatherings years apart is appalling to every Christian and black individual in our city. 

Larry Baca is either very ignorant or he, himself, has become an atheist racist.

Frank Aquila
President, South San Joaquin Republicans

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