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Letter: Sitting atop gravestone not desecrating dead

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From: Fred Allman


I have spent my whole life fighting ignorance and superstition. I believe that it is a mission from God, so I use every means and take every opportunity to further my divine mission.

I had an experience the other day that I can use to this purpose. I spend a lot of time walking and meditating, praying for guidance and divine wisdom.

These walks take me through a local cemetery. And being a crippled old man, sometimes I have to rest at somebody’s grave site. It is hard for me to get up and down, so I sit on someone’s gravestone.

You would think that no one would be offended by that. But the other day someone came by and in the most violent language, condemned me, charging me with desecrating the dead. The prejudice against the Old Prophet is so great that they even believe that he contaminates the dead.

What can we say about such prejudice and superstition? We believe that we are living in an enlightened age, but the thought patterns of the Dark Ages are still with us.

However, there have always been those like the Old Prophet who strive to enlighten their benighted fellow beings. I quote this saying from Thomas Jefferson, “I swear eternal hostility against every form of superstition over the minds of men.”

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