People should be tolerant at family events
To the editor:
On Monday, my daughters and I attended the Christmas event at The Maryland Theatre. The performances were fabulous, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
I was lucky enough that both of my daughters (ages 5 and 6) behaved themselves, for the most part, but not all parents were as lucky. Throughout the show, there were some slightly unpleasant and, perhaps annoying, incidents. For example: kids screaming; adults talking loudly; and many clapping to a tune or song, which made it impossible to enjoy the rendering.
But I found it tolerable, especially since everything was supposed to be in the spirit of the holidays. There was a very unpleasant scene that unfolded in our vicinity at the end of the show that unfortunately dampened our enjoyment.
There was a family nearby with several children, some of whom were very young that were, on occasion, noisy and disruptive. When the show ended, an older couple shouted at the parents, “… and you are very bad parents.” I don’t know what prompted this, but I think that it was uncalled for. It upset me, my daughters — who unfortunately overheard it — and I am sure it upset the whole family that it was aimed at.
As a single mom of two young ones, I totally understand that sometimes kids misbehave and that not everyone has the same ideas as to what is the appropriate way to discipline a child. So I have learned tolerance, especially at family events such as this.
Especially with the holidays coming, I think it befits us to remember and understand that not all of us come from the same situation or circumstances in life, nor do we come from the same upbringing and culture. I think that we could use a little more tolerance and charity, and a little less judgment.
I have two mottos that I try to follow: “If you don’t have anything nice to say to someone, don’t say it” and “concentrate on the good.”
Happy Holidays to all.
Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ
To the editor:
The rattling of sabers in the Middle East is not going to end, regardless of any negotiations between the various parties. Threats of violence from Iran and all of its leaders point to an eventual outcome — death and destruction.
Muslims believe it was Ishmael whom Abraham was ready to sacrifice by order of Allah. But it was Isaac whom Abraham placed on the altar.
Muslims believe that the Israelites never were God’s chosen people. They believe Allah sent the prophet Mohammad to correct this lie created by Christians and Jews. Muslims say Ishmael and his Arab descendants were cheated out of their inheritance since he was Abraham’s first-born son. The Koran teaches that the people of the Bible falsified the original revelation and made themselves the heirs of God’s covenant.
To refute what the Muslims believe, Exodus 3:6 states, “I am the God of your father — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The God of the Bible, whose name is “I am,” is not the God of Ishmael, Esau, Mohammad and the Muslims. This issue is not just some irrelevant theological argument, but is the basis of one of the central issues that troubles our world today.