Basic points were sound

To the editor:

In last Sunday’s edition of the Herald-Star, James Wilson ineptly attempted to impugn the credibility of another letter writer, J. David Core. (“Credibility of writer questioned.”) He refers to following the Barry Bardone-Core saga.

Although there is some back and forth between those who write letters to this publication, I don’t know that it qualifies as a saga. Saga or not, it can be entertaining and is certainly lopsided in favor of Core.

In the two letters at issue, Core repeatedly corrects Bardone and is forced to answer and explain questions that should be evident to any fourth-grader. This being the case, Wilson focuses on one, and only one, comment by Core. Although this comment is speculative in nature and is in dispute and debate by many theologians, it can be argued that Core’s theory is correct. It can also be argued that it is not, and it can be argued by those who have studied these questions for their entire lives, more than Core, Bardone, Wilson and I have ever begun to think of and multiplied by a factor of 10,000. (See Joseph Campbell.) This question is clearly beyond the scope of Religion 101 and clearly beyond the meager understanding of Wilson or Bardone.

After the tea party, in the minority, shut down the government and threatened the full faith and credit of our nation, all the while exasperating the recovery of the economy, this is what Bardone and Wilson choose to litigate.

Core’s basic points were sound and verifiable. The basis for the Affordable Care Act came from the ultra conservative Heritage Foundation and Mitt Romney. It is clearly capitalism, because it involves private insurance companies competing for business. Social Security and Medicare are much more ideologically socialist than the ACA.

Muslims don’t eat pork and don’t drink beer, don’t smoke and don’t attend Christian churches. if this president is a socialist, he is the worst socialist ever. If he is a Muslim, he is the worst Muslim ever.

Returning to the credibility issue raised by Wilson is tedious, but I suppose that it must be done. He refers to Core as mentioning three deities in his letter. Three. “Besides, Muslims who worship Allah worship the exact same deity as the Jews, the Catholics, the Pentecostals and the televangelists.”

By my count, there was a mention of only one deity, one implied or inferred, not three, The writer only missed the mark by a factor of two from three claims. Notwithstanding math skills or comprehension, this was an incredibly weak critique of a very strong letter (credibility, Mr. Wilson?)

This letter is faithfully submitted by the illuminati from across the Ohio River. It’s not as easy as it seemed. In what way is it an insult to illuminati?

Bob Atkinson