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Religion of intolerance inspires in wrong way

Greek mythology held the belief that people who drank of the Pierian Spring in Macedonia would be graced with knowledge and inspiration.

English poet Alexander Pope saw the danger in taking only a sip of knowledge.

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again."

Spending time in the Morgan County Jail and facing pending charges for the disturbance and damage they caused at the local Catholic church a week ago might be a case of four misguided people drinking too shallow from the Scripture.

The four, Adam Joseph Turgeon, Lisa Marie Wagner, Val Eugene Loughman and Emily Beth Loughman, apparently read a little Bible, especially from Revelation, and went to church to alter man's collision course with destiny. The result was they disrupted services at Annunciation of the Lord and in the process broke the marble altar.

One of the participants talked of "End Times." Others recalled Scriptures that seemed to contradict their action.

A person doesn't have to be a Bible scholar to see how far astray they are in what they think and what they say. Bible prophecy is a risky business, not simply for the self-taught but for those who might head universities and hold doctorate degrees.

Even many of these people spend too much time perpetuating the image of an angry God and too little on spreading the message of love and forgiveness of the New Testament.

By midweek, this Hartselle group seemed to have sobered up on the knowledge that at least part of what they did was wrong. But unfortunately, the religion of intolerance will go on with or without their participation.

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