Mr. Brophy's comments regarding the views of Valerie Marsh present a common, yet inconsistent position.
He makes the statement that the attitude of "my belief is the only true way" is at the root of much of the world's problems. He continues by referencing a man by the name of Charlie Meister.
While I am unfamiliar with Mr. Meister, it appears from this letter that he classified religions into the categories of uniters and dividers. The uniters are those who believe that all paths lead to God and dividers are those who believe in only one true way.
Mr. Brophy's article made it clear that being a uniter is desirable while holding a faith labeled a divider is undesirable.
If Mr. Brophy truly believes that all paths lead to God, then he must also believe that the views of Ms. Marsh must be one of those ways. If all paths lead to God, then even those that are "dividers" must, by his own statement, also lead to God.
If he does not believe that views such as the one held by Ms. Marsh can lead to God, then he is being exclusionary himself and hence has become a divider.
To be consistent, he must affirm the view of Ms. Marsh; if he does not then he is stating that "my belief is the only true way" making himself a divider. If one is to hold to the view that all beliefs are equal, then one has no place to diminish any view.
John Lake, Payson
Editor's note: This letter was published earlier in response to Brophy.