Letters to the editor - Friday (7-26-2013)
Where else could you enjoy all these American freedoms?
I read with great interest the July 24 article “Judge orders injunction in commissioners’ prayer suit.”
What forced my interest to write this letter were the final comments of plaintiff Montag-Seigal. Specifically: “We’re hopeful that ultimately the court will permanently enjoin Rowan County from opening their governmental meeting with prayers that favor one set of religious beliefs over another.”
Why have so many people from so many nations desired, fought and given their lives attempting to live in America? Why do so many continue to do this? It’s because this nation offers more freedom than any other ever has or will.
The Judeo-Christian faith is established in the belief in one true God who was, is and ever shall be. Our faith in him allows freedom to those who believe in him and to those who do not.
Where else can Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, Shinto, Protestant and even atheists live and practice their faith in freedom or worship? Where else can we freely speak against any other belief without persecution? Where else could extremists of the Muslim faith abuse our freedoms by using them against us?
Where else could you accuse a government of unfair representation when it is the very source of that inherent freedom?
Indeed, we bite the hand that feeds us. We are so caught up in our petty, self-serving agendas we are unable to see the forest for the trees.
What has happened nationally since school-sponsored prayer was removed from our public schools in 1963? Only decline answers the question. Why are atheists so threatened by what they say does not even exist? “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
Has the freedom of our unborn been extinguished since Roe v. Wade? As a result what remains? No morals; no convictions; no right or wrong; no standards. But we do have political correctness to hide behind. Our soldiers died for something much better than this!
— Sid & Ingrid Hinman
Compassion is lacking
I’ve noticed over the past couple of years a defining characteristic of the Tea Party, at least of their legislators:
An absence of any compassion for those less financially well-off than themselves.
Their actions seem to suggest they value material matters over people, at least those people at the bottom of (their) ladder. For example:
• Unemployment. They are very proud that their cuts in unemployment benefits will allow the state to pay the feds back two years earlier. No mention of the 70,000 people who lost their benefits July 1, or the 100,000 more expected to lose theirs by year-end. Nothing about how to support a family on $1,400 a month. No caring.
• Medicaid. Categorical refusal to participate in the Affordable Care Act, even though the result will be a couple hundred thousand people with no insurance, reliant on emergency rooms for treatment, leaving the rest of us to pay higher health-care premiums. Incidentally, isn’t this an up-to-date version of the “Good Samaritan” story in the Bible? Tea Party Republicans certainly are not the Good Samaritans of that parable.
• Voter ID. No mention of the cost to 200,000 voters, including the elderly poor living on Social Security having to go out to the DMV or elsewhere to get “acceptable” ID, even though their claims of “rampant fraud” have proven a lie.
Christ told his followers the two most important commandments were to love God and to love their neighbor. He followed this with the Good Samaritan parable to show them who their neighbor was, and is. Note that the Samaritan guaranteed the full cost of treatment and didn’t ask about the cost. He clearly put compassion above cost. Christians are called to do the same.
Tea Party Republicans clearly fail that test.
— Jack Burke