Letters to the Editor - April 14

April 14, 2011

‘Liberated’ society walking closer to God’s wrath

To the editor:

Richard Charles Nickels, longtime president of the Bible Sabbath Association, writes:

“From Noah to the Apostles, the message of God’s true servants has been to stress the sanctity of marriage. God’s laws in both testaments are designed to protect marriage and the family. From the Garden of Eden to the New Heavens and New Earth, God’s purpose for mankind is summed up by holy marriage.

“Yet from the Garden of Eden up to, especially, today’s time, mankind has defiled, perverted, been a total failure in living up to faithfulness in marriage. Divorce, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and disobedient children are so prevalent today, that a faithful marriage and a wholesome, happy family, is a rarity.”

And Paul writes in 1 Corinthians: “Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.”

No legislative maneuverings can change any of this. As our “liberated” society walks in its self-created utopian “me-ness,” we get ever closer to the greatest reality of all — God’s wrath.

We must love, embrace and empathize with the countless different individuals created by our God, all of whom deserve and command respect. All want to love and be loved, embrace and be embraced, to seek out and be with those of similar characteristics and thoughts. All wish to have natural cravings assuaged and understood, but this cannot be done at the cost of isolation from God and society — its inevitable consequence.

The ephemeral life of all types of gay relationships speaks for itself. As do the statistics of the spread of AIDS. So many faithful “soulmates” have died as a result of their unfaithful fellows.

The Good News (Gospel) is that the greatest, most satisfying intimacy — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — are there for all.    

To justify an oxymoron, would we legislate their Ten Commandments?

Harold Edward Wills

Red Cross heroes embarking on fundraising effort

To the editor:

It’s hard to imagine a world without heroes. At the American Red Cross, we work with heroes every day. They’re the backbone of every hometown and represent the essence of our organization. Heroes touch our lives each day — making us feel safe, making us feel proud.

For the next eight weeks, heroes in Washington County will be embarking on what seems like a monumental task, trying to raise $30,000 to benefit the life-saving work of the American Red Cross, Washington County chapter. Their hard work and humanitarian spirit will enable our chapter to continue to provide warmth and comfort to disaster victims, to transmit important messages to our military members serving overseas and to help us train our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. They will truly be heroes for the American Red Cross.

Our heroes are incredibly inventive in the ways they choose to raise money. You will see them in your workplace, restaurants, schools, banks and doctor’s offices around the community. If you come into contact with a hero in the coming weeks, please thank them for their commitment to our community and be as generous as you can in support of the work of the Red Cross.

We couldn’t keep our promise to help our neighbors without your precious gifts of time, money and blood. Please support our heroes for the American Red Cross this year.

Michael Baylor and Kathy Gore
Heroes for the American Red Cross chairpersons
American Red Cross, Washington County chapter

Illegal immigration, 14th Amendment on writer’s mind

To the editor:

A recent column and a recent letter to the editor require comment.

Art Callaham uses the phrase “illegal border crossing” (March 13) and forgets that someone actually crossed the border. Does he think there is a criminal when someone makes an illegal bank withdrawal?

I agree we do not a have an immigration problem; we have an illegal immigration problem. The term illegal immigrant applies regardless of the border or nationality. The person is committing a crime. “Undocumented immigrant” at least recognizes that a person is involved. Perhaps Callaham wants us to believe that an “illegal border crossing” is a criminal act without a criminal.

The letter regarding the 14th Amendment (March 15) supports its change. I believe the important term in Section 1 is “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

If you are a foreigner assigned to embassy staff, you are in the country legally but not under its jurisdiction. It’s called “diplomatic immunity.” If you are a foreigner legally here under a visa, you are under its jurisdiction. A child born to the foreigner here on a visa would be a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment, while a child born to the diplomatic staff would not. The difference is “under its jurisdiction.”

Under the jurisdiction requires that this government knew of your intention to enter and granted entry visa. Issuing that visa, the government guarantees the protection afforded its citizens. People here illegally are not under its jurisdiction, thus a child born to this person would not be afforded citizenship under the 14th Amendment.

In 1868, when the 14th Amendment was passed, Congress placed all former black slaves “under the jurisdiction” and granted citizenship. Interestingly, that did not apply to American Indians. The U.S. maintained treaties with many Indian nations. Members of these nations were not “under the jurisdiction” and were not granted citizenship.

Cliff Lane
Black Rock

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