Letters to the editor - Saturday (5-4-2013)
More viewpoints needed on prayer
I read with interest your recent article that showed the diverse and wide-ranging opinions shared by various clergy members about the Rowan County Commissioners’ continued use of sectarian prayer at public meetings (“Some pastors say commissioners should open meetings with prayer as they do now; others seek broad solution,” April 28).
It is important to highlight that even among Christian clergy there is a debate as to whether the commissioners are right to begin government meetings with prayers to their personal savior or whether they should follow the Constitution and related court rulings and begin meetings in a more inclusive fashion.
However, I think it was a glaring oversight — as well as a missed opportunity — for your article to focus only on different Christian perspectives and not seek out, mention or discuss the opinions shared by local representatives of other beliefs, whether they be Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim or humanist.
One of the central issues in this debate is the growing diversity of Rowan County and our nation and the need to take all those different perspectives into consideration.
By focusing only on how leaders of the majority religion feel, the article seemed to suggest that the views of those outside the majority religion do not merit equal consideration.
In truth, religious minorities would provide a crucial perspective in this debate, as they are those most likely to feel excluded and denigrated by the commissioners’ current practice.
— Dwayne Dvoracek
Regarding the April 27 article, “Lib Taylor a constant advocate for Rowan Museum”:
What a wonderful article about a beautiful Southern lady who has worked endlessly for historic Salisbury.
I have enjoyed working with Lib, getting the men to sell tickets at the Salisbury Antiques Show since 1997.
The Chambers family appreciates the reference to their ancestor, Maxwell Chambers.
I have sent a copy of this article to my brother-in-law, Robert Maxwell Chambers, in San Marino, Calif., and to our son, Maxwell Chambers, in Spartanburg, S.C.
— Barbara J. Chambers