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Published: Saturday, Dec. 7 2013 5:40 p.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Peace, reconciliation and, worst of all, social justice? While these may have been qualities demonstrated by nelson mandela, they're certainly not the sort of characteristics that any red blooded religious american would want to be associated with.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Give the man great credit for ending apartheid. But don't white wash his history. He was on the US terrorist watch list for a reason. As a revolutionary he sought violent ways to overthrow the regime he rebelled against. Hardly an MLK in non-violent protest. Yes, death is a time to ignore the facts and ugly truths and glorify the accomplishments. But try to give some balance.

Michael Matthews
Omaha, NE

Dear Hutterite and his likes,

Most red blooded religious americans want peace, reconciliation, and social justice. They often just want other things more and there in lies the rub. Just like you want to turn this article as venue to attack religion when you could have focused on other aspects that might help you and me more.

Mandela once said, "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." He showed it was possible to do so without losing your main goals and principals and is beneficial to both. It is a lesson that religious and non-religious people both need.

Sincerely,
Michael

Brijcorns
Baltimore, MD

This was just a nice, succinct piece on Nelson Mandela's religious affiliation. Many are curious as to his stated denomination. This answers that question (he did not specify) while noting the high esteem held for him by many important religious figures. I would imagine such a large presence in the world being thought of as a non-denominational Christian or religious in general while not affiliating himself with one faction or another too deeply helped universalize his message. His affinity for all religion & a love for those w/o faith speaks to the same point.
I agree with the previous post written by Michael completely. All over the world people of different persuasions tend to fight over the things that divide w/o remembering our commonalities that unite. Mourning such a great man is certainly a time for the latter. The overwhelming majority of Atheists, Agnostics & Religious people of all faiths do want the same things that Nelson Mandela fought for & espoused: Peace, Reconciliation & Social Justice.

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