Re “Middle Eastern musings” (H. Brandt Ayers column, July 13):

No belief system has ever flourished by tolerating a rival belief system.

Since its official establishment by fire and sword seventeen centuries past, Roman Christism has imposed a stern, forbidding, guilt-ridden, unnatural, prudish and judgmental repression on Western civilization.

The “New” Testament introduced eternal damnation, and numerous characters within are constantly indicting the Jews and their tribal religion. (Titus 1:14) Jewish uprising against Roman imperialism incited by the Messiah myth kept the Roman soldiers entangled and the Roman treasury depleted.

Jesse Louis Warmack