Letters to the editor – Wednesday (10-21-15)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Prayer practice is part
of our Christian heritage

I was visiting your city the weekend of Oct. 10. In response to the Salisbury Post article, “Opposition to prayer practice,” referring to Christian prayer as being sectarian is ignorance or stupidity. Sectarian means a sect; it also can mean bigoted. Our nation was founded on Christian principles upon which others depend — not bigoted at all. Kindly tell the anti-American groups that signed onto the amicus brief to take their socialist or Marxist or communist opinions and request a citywide vote on the issue. If the Rowan County commissioners’ meeting is cowed by the leftists, they have given away their legacy from the founders.

I wrote this letter to the Anderson, S.C., newspaper on Jan. 24, 2015, “Religious symbols belong in state houses”: Washington, D.C., is covered with Christian heritage. Read “God in the Temple of Government,” by Carrie Devorah. Bible prophet Daniel’s statue stands on the property of the Organization of American State buildings. The Daughters of the American Revolution building has a quote from George Washington at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, stating, “This event is in the hands of God.” The same building has from Proverbs 22:28: “Remove not from the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.”

The Department of Interior Building has a time capsule in which a Bible was placed. The Korean Veterans Memorial wall has a cross the Star of David displayed on it. The rotunda of the Capitol has four paintings, two each of prayer meetings, one each of a Bible study and a baptism. References to God are in the Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Archives, the Senate and House office buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial and the Library of Congress.

Ours is a Christian heritage. Let’s not let the secularists change that.

— Craig V. Jones

Anderson, S.C.

Thankful for open carry

In response to Carl Prine’s statement on Oct. 9, when he said he noticed an uptick in the number of “paranoid” and “nervous” individuals open-carrying guns around Salisbury: The only people I know that would be paranoid and nervous are the ones who are planning on shooting or robbing someone.

I carry open carry to be safe, because you’re not safe in Salisbury or anywhere else nowadays. I want to know that if someone points a gun at me, and I have my gun, that I have a 50 percent chance of living — without my gun, none.

Mr. Prine, if you are around some of these people you spoke of, then you need to call the law. I see men and women open carry all the time, and not one of them was paranoid or nervous. They were carrying to be safe, as I do. We need more people carrying guns, open or concealed.

— Jim Younts

Salisbury

Thank you, Whitey

As much as I would love to see tobacco products banned from local parks, I would really miss Whitey Harwood’s letters/articles. He makes some great points and captures the local flavor very accurately, yet without denigrating it.

Thanks for the laughs on a serious subject.

— Joanne Bryla

Landis

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