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web posted April 16, 2007
Re: Real hate crimes by Nathan Tabor (April 9, 2007)
I find the beating-up of the homeless to be an atrocity just as much as you do. Perhaps more so; I have no idea. Where I find myself at odds with in your article is your belief that religious beliefs will prevent this happening. You say "A young person who can't even check in with God at the place that he spends the majority of his day isn't likely to ooze compassion to other people—especially the poor. A heart which lacks prayer is a heart which lacks love".
Perhaps in your world that is true. I know that in the world my mother and uncle grew up in, those kids who had religion all day every school day were the ones most likely to chase them, and beat the you know what out of them because they were "Christ killers". I am sure that, because of the beliefs instilled in these children, they could walk in the door of their church, light a candle, put cash in the box, talk to the guy in that booth with the fancy filigree, and be forgiven of their sins.
Fortunately, my uncle was a feisty, wiry kid who could hold his own and managed to give back better than he got at the hands of these little angels.
In the world I grew up in, I had plenty of experience with having my loyalty questioned, my job performance assessments falling through the floor if I revealed what I was by taking off on the "wrong" holidays, or handed "[excrement] duty" in the Navy after having a shift chief go into my personnel record to check my religious preference. I will give you three guesses as to what their religions were.
What IS the solution is this: the parents shut off the TV set, limit the internet, and ration the iPod, LOOK at the records they are buying or downloading. How many parents are spending time with their children these days? Yes, yes, I know: both have to work today to keep up with the taxes. But my mother, divorced and working long before it was fashionable, still found time to talk with me, go to the occasional movie with me, or sit and watch television together. I never beat up any homeless, I robbed no banks, I raped no women (or men if it comes to that), I stole no cars. My grades were horrid and I had plenty of emotional baggage to haul that is not germane to this note to you, but I came through okay.
On a related topic, I have a question for you that I have of all advocates of mandated "voluntary" school prayer. It is not a rhetorical question, nor is it intended to mock. I am very serious when I ask you this: How will you, as a Christian, and especially one who studied at Regent University, feel when you get your wish and mandated "voluntary" school prayer is mandated, and little Sammy Mermelstein is asked to lead the kids in prayer? Or for that matter little Hassan Muhammad, or Mary Suzuki? Will you stand for it, or will you be saying "but but...! This is not what we meant!"? And if so, what DO you mean?
David J. "Bear" Mann
web posted April 9, 2007
Re: Al Gore and his global warming campaign
After all of these years, I simply cannot believe that anyone would care to listen to the ravings of former U.S.Senator and Vice-President Al Gore, concerning his trepidations about "global warming".
Gore constantly seeks to blame the people of the USA for much of the problems with polluted air, land, waterways, etc.... However, the former VP himself has no problem warming or air conditioning his own properties, or traveling by jet, or automobile; and seemingly enjoying all the creature comforts of life; all the while condemning anyone else who seeks to do the same.
Gore is plainly a product of the rebellious 1960's "flower child" generation, which was a selfish, self-indulgent, spoiled "sex, drugs, rock & roll" clique of ecology whackos' who spat upon the wealthy industrialists, as well as our own soldiers who were fighting and dying in Vietnam; but who today are involved in various levels of states and federal government programs, as well as our elected offices; and they seek only to continue a culture of self-serving folly, while setting themselves up financially, and far better off than the public at large.
While some of Gore's idea's are well-intentioned, the fact that he lives a "convenient" life, while demanding that everyone else "sacrifice" by following his policies is total hypocrisy. Haven't we had enough of this nonsense in our government, not to mention those offices of power in many other so-called "civilized" nations?
It is time for Al Gore to simply disappear into the pages of the disgraceful history of the 1990's, and leave us all alone.
web posted April 2, 2007
Re: Fred Thompson: Neocon globalist by Basil Harrington (March 26, 2007)
I agree with Basil Harrington's assessment of Fred Thompson. Congressman Ron Paul is the only Republican in years that I would even consider voting for.
Re: The North American Union is really a debate over political ideology by Tom DeWeese (March 26, 2007)
It is unfortunate for both Canadians and Mexicans that the "North American Union" grants the US access to Mexican labor and Canadian natural resources, including petroleum, without proffering US citizenship, the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and right of abode in exchange. The ideal situation would be for the Mexican and Canadian federal governments to be dissolved and the provinces admitted to the Union as full states. The provinces would need to have proper constitutions of their own of course; there are 50 models available. A North American "melting pot" is very attractive. It would also put an end to the failed Canadian experiment with multi-culturalism. Those who insist on remaining United Empire Loyalists could return to Britain or France. The United States of North America deserves to be all it can be: a land of liberty from sea to sea to sea to shining sea. An inspiration for the world and a bastion against tyranny.
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