Raging on “You Tube” recently is a debate instigated by a young Jeff Bethke, who posted a video titled: “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” which has gone viral and attracted millions of hits.

For the most part, Bethke’s hecklers, and they are many, prefer to look at his choice of words rather than what is in his heart. He could have done without the word “hate” in the title of his video, but he probably used it intentionally to provoke response.

After studying all the good and bad feedback, maybe St. Francis of Assisi’s observation makes more sense to him: “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words.”

But use one wrong word and there are many sincerely religious people out there who will take you apart, as Bethke is discovering.

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