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Letters to the editor

October 14, 2003

Profanity shows great disrespect


To the editor:

Some weeks ago, I read with interest, a piece by opinion page editor Bob Maginnis and his concern about frequent use of foul language in public and how very offensive it is to ourselves and others, and I for one feel that it shows great disrespect for the users and others around them.

As a senior citizen, I have abhorred this kind of thing all of my life. I was raised to appreciate good values and decent behavior. I thank the editor for what he expressed. Unfortunately I don't think our mention of it will have the impact we'd like it to have.

Also, I was directed to read "Music lyrics leave negative impressions" by Dr. James Dobson in Friday, Sept. 26 Daily Mail. He was illustrating how decadent popular song lyrics and rapper lyrics were in recent years (1983 up to today) as compared to 1953, when Eddie Fisher sang "Oh My Papa" with gentle and adoring lyrics depicting such love and respect toward a parent.

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Contrast that with lyrics by rappers Ice-T and Body Count just a few years back. Such utter depravity is incredible to decent and civilized people.

An excerpt from Dobson's column as follows: "For sheer depravity, nothing yet produced can match "Momma's Gotta Die Tonight" by Ice-T and Body Count. Most of the lyrics are unfit to quote here, but they involve graphic descriptions of the rapper's mother being burned in her bed, then beaten to death with a baseball bat she had given him as a present, and finally the mutilation of the corpse into little-bitty pieces!

What incredible violence! Psalms 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God."

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.




Powell shows his own weaknesses


To the editor:

In his opinion of Sept. 22, Allan Powell levels a number of criticisms at Pastor John Miller. He begins by saying that Miller "exemplifies the narrow-minded, arrogant certitude that is characteristic of fundamentalism." If narrow-minded arrogant certitude is a bad thing, why are Powell's own writings awash in those self-same qualities? Physician, heal thyself.

Powell's letter reaches a comic crescendo when he says, "Faithis the belief in a claim or proposition without evidence. Reverend Milleris not at liberty to treat faith as the equivalent of truth." Actually, faith is as true or as false as the object of that faith. If the object is true then the faith is true as well. But Powell wants, nay demands, that we treat faith as the ipso facto equivalent of error.

Yet Powell is a man of great faith himself. For example, Powell has enormous faith in the claims of evolution, for which there is not a scintilla of evidence. Oh, there are tons of facts, true, but the fanciful stories that Powell and his fellow travelers weave around the facts are just that, fanciful stories. That those stories represent evidence for evolution is wholly a matter of blind faith.

The very things of which he accuses Miller characterize Powell's writings on that subject. There he allows himself what he does not allow Miller - to treat faith as the equivalent of truth. Powell really ought to tend to the telephone pole in his own eye before concerning himself with the speck of sawdust in Miller's eye. Is there an ophthalmologist in the house?

A.J. Westfall
Greencastle, Pa.

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