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Dear Mr. O'Reilly:

As a long-time participant in the Daily Kos community, I must take exception to your recent campaign against the site. You have labeled the community as a "hate site," and compared it to the Nazis and the KKK.

It is nothing of the sort, of course, and as a pastor I must warn you that Jesus advised, "let him who is without sin cast the first stone".

But all of this doesn't interest me very much.

As I'm sure you've also heard, Jesus tells his disciples to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you". He also instructs them in the Gospel of Luke to "love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return".

Mr. O'Reilly, I take the Bible seriously. I am a Christian disciple committed to growth in love of the Lord and my neighbor. I am even committed, God help me, to learning to love my enemy. I don't represent everyone at Daily Kos, let alone the entire liberal blogosphere: that little asterisk after "pray" signifies that not all of us believe in God, but we can all meditate or hold someone in our thoughts. In that sense, if you were to take the time to get to know us, you'd find that I'm a lot closer to representative than not.

We are not haters. We are not rabid. We are not extremists. We are people who want to help their neighbors and do what is right for their nation as best we are able.

With that in mind, I wanted to let you know that we will pray* for you, both now and at the Interfaith Worship Service at Yearly Kos: for continued good health, strong and equitable relationships with your family, friends, and staff, for peace of heart and mind. We will do this not out of sanctimony, nor because we have anything to prove to you, but simply because it is the right thing to do.

And now, may the God of peace make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.

Yours, Pastor Dan

Originally posted to pastordan on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 11:23 AM PDT.

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