To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I am writing in response to Michael Taylor’s Feb. 6 letter "Letter contributes to bigotry and hate." Mr. Taylor states that he "does not feel it is appropriate for a local newspaper to allow all the religious quotations to be published." Why not?

Religious texts make are essential to the way a great many people, including myself, think. Would Mr. Taylor feel that it is "not appropriate" to publish all of the George Washington or Abraham Lincoln quotes? Why should religious quotes be treated any differently than any other quotes? In publishing Ms. Branca’s Feb. 4 letter, the Eagle was simply doing its job of promoting the free exchange of ideas.

Mr. Taylor states that "These scriptures written so many thousands of years ago do not necessarily hold true to life in 2014 and beyond." I fail to see how a document’s age is at all relevant to its truth. The Bible claims to be the unerring word of God. This claim must be honestly wrestled with and examined but it certainly should not be dismissed simply due to the Bible’s age. I can’t help but wonder whether in Mr. Taylor’s world religious commandments against incest or prostitution might suddenly cease to be true simply because of their age.

Finally Mr. Taylor states that if Ms. Branca "wholeheartedly believes in such quotations as she cited then she is just contributing to the hate and bigotry that is already such a huge problem in this world we are living in." I would encourage Mr. Taylor to think twice before making such bigoted and inflammatory comments and I would like to give special thanks to the Eagle for not letting the anti-biblical extremism of people like Mr. Taylor interfere with its mission of promoting the free exchange of ideas.

However, I would also like to thank The Eagle for publishing Mr. Taylor’s letter. It’s all about the free exchange of ideas.

GABRIEL GREENSPAN

Becket