Jesus isn't the only way
There are millions of non-Christians in America.
I am one of them, and I have had more than enough of the public airing of fundamentalist Christian religious views, like those expressed by the Rev. Tom Swartley in his Jan. 24 prayer at the Nebraska Legislature. I also have had my fill of Bible-pounding evocations of the Christian God and the exhortations in the Pulse to follow the teachings of Jesus.
People are free to debate public issues in any way they wish, but right-wing Christians need to understand that biblical citations mean nothing to non-Christians. The Bible does not have the last word on how people should live. It is only one of many books written by human beings that contain wisdom - books like the Lotus Sutra, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Koran.
I have read the teachings of Jesus and find much wisdom there. However, in my day-to-day life, Jesus is irrelevant. As a Buddhist priest, I have others whose teachings I follow and after whom I model my behavior.I deeply resent it when people try to tell me that to live a good and just life, I have to follow Christ's teachings.
The Rev. Nonin Chowaney, Omaha