published Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Paper delivery perspective changes and other letters to the editors

Paper delivery perspective changes

I used to get upset when my paper was not delivered. Since Drew Johnson's been Free Press editor, I get upset when it is delivered.

DONALD CHEATHAM, Tullahoma, Tenn.


Family is basis of our nation

Your Free Press editorial "GOP must hit 'reset' button," (Nov. 8), advised Republicans to disobey commandments of God to satisfy political ends. A nation that defies God cannot and will not stand. Therefore, your editorial is a certain recipe for destruction of this nation. I hope others will stand up for this nation as many of us did during times of armed conflict.

The family is the basic building block of any nation. A family is intended, by God, to consist of a man, a wife and children born of this sacred union. No other union is recognized in Scripture.

As for me I choose to follow our God as presented to us in Scripture.

You choose, even if you don't choose!

JAMES B. KINGSLEY, Rossville


Marriage vows not to be broken

Anyone, man or woman, who commits adultery and it can be proved beyond a doubt, should be punished whether in the military or not. It destroys lives and breaks hearts and is against God's laws. Also, if you have made marriage vows, you should keep them.

JOANN "J.J." HENDON, Soddy-Daisy


Our children are inheriting a mess

Sen. Bob Corker: The debt of our nation is now more than $16,000,000,000. Divide that incomprehensible number by our population and everyone of us is more than $54,000 in debt. You, me, my sons, everybody. There is more. It is worse.

Today a baby was born in a Chattanooga hospital. When that baby took its first breath it was $54,000 in debt. That is a lousy inheritance for you to leave.

ROBERT F. CAHILL, Hixson

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JAMES B. KINGSLEY, several other unions are recognized in your Scripture. Obviously you need to reread it.

Besides that, I decline to let your idea of God dictate how the Country will run. Sorry, but I just don't agree with that.

JOANN "J.J." HENDON, good luck with that idea. The prisons will soon get more overcrowded.

ROBERT F. CAHILL, actually that baby when born in probably billions in debt to the people that came before it.

Fortunately like the national debt, we don't try to assess it per person anymore than we divide the country's wealth and assets per person.

If you did that, many of us would end up richer by default. But no, you'd rather come up with pointless posturing that serves no purpose. Or do you think that the nation's debtors would try to get paid on an individual basis?

They'd be morons if they did.

November 17, 2012 at 12:33 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Mr. Kingsley and Ms. Hendon, which "God" are you referring to?

The murderous, jealous, genocidal, tribal deity called Yahweh, or one of the other 4000+ gods created by humans to explain natural phenomena and the environment in which scientifically ignorant and superstitious people lived?

There is no Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, or "god", only creations of man. No longer is it required to believe in supernatural beings, devils, demons, angels, and other such claptrap.

The universe is quite wonderful without invoking such nonsense as historical and scientific facts.

Children outgrow the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. When will adults outgrow the fantasy of revealed religion and supernatural mumbo-jumbo?

November 17, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

As to the charge that Donald Cheatham of Tullahoma gets upset at the editorials by Drew Johnson, perhaps Mr. Cheatham's mental tummy has become so used to the republican party pabulum that solid brain food can't be digested properly.

Experiment, Mr. Cheatham. Try somethings new to stimulate those dead and dying brain cells choking on the republican party's stale and hypocritical moral values for consenting adults.

If you choose not to breathe Mr. Johnson's fresh air, perhaps you should remain in your isolated and sterile 18th century cloister.

I'm glad to feel a new breeze and smell air not tainted by the prudish, confining staleness of outdated neo-conservative interference in personal decisions.

November 17, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Mr. Kingsley, all of the great patriarchs of the Old Testament, especially David and Solomon, were polygamists (Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines!). God supposedly spoke directly to these men on various occasions and not once did he ever rebuke them for having mulitiple wives, or even concubines. I have read the commentaries of numerous Christian apologists and theologians who claim that while God did not outwardly condemn their polygamy, he did not condone it either, that rather polygamy was the product of a sinful people that he allowed to take place because of their sinful nature. What a bunch of hooey. Don't you find it odd that God saw fit to make explicit commandments about things like lying or stealing or coveting one's neighbor but he somehow thought that the institution of marriage was not important enough to make a commandment about it?

The only thing close to a directive in the Bible about what marriage should be is Jesus saying that a man should leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and become one. But he does not say anything AGAINST a man cleaving to a second or a third or fourth wife, etc. And he goes on to uphold Moses' dictate that when a woman's husband dies, she should marry his brother (he doesn't say that the brother has to be unmarried himself, so apparently, even if he's already married, she is still supposed to marry him). Why do Christians choose not to follow that dictate? It is in the Old Testament as well as the New, coming straight from the mouth of Moses AND Jesus.

The fact is, you Christians like to INFER a lot of what you THINK God meant just as long as it suits you. You take all the blatant contradictions and absurdities and spin them in a way that works out to be convenient for you personally. In other words, you simply believe what you WANT to believe and discard the rest. You Christians are funny that way. Funny in a sick, perverted way.

November 17, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.

It's very common for people to ascribe the responsibility of their morality to somebody else, in order to give it more authority and to make it unquestionable.

That way, they don't have to consider the results of their decisions, they can blame somebody else.

November 17, 2012 at 10:48 p.m.
Nfinite said...

Mr. Kingsley and all those concerned:

Family and/or religion were never the basis of our nation. The foundation of this country was and is freedom. While many of the founding fathers were some form of Christian, they wished to create this nation to be freed from a tyrannical king “For imposing taxes on us without our consent”, “For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us”, “For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world” among several other reasons outlined in the Declaration of Independence. Family is not mentioned. Religion is only mentioned as one of the freedoms they demanded, and they weren’t referring to only Christianity. As a citizen of the United States, you have the freedom to worship any god in any way, something that isn’t allowed in other parts of the world even today.

Though I don’t recall reading that a family is solely defined as a sacred union between one man and one woman and can only include children born of that union, I don’t have a problem with you believing that and fighting against marriages between people of the same sex or marriages to multiple people. I do, however, have a problem with children being included in this statement. How dare you claim/imply that children born outside of marriage, children who are adopted, et cetera, are not family! You should be ashamed of yourself. Before you start making claims like this, you should pay more attention to other actions clearly outlawed to make sure you are free from sin (shaving, eating ANY type of meat, allowing your wife to speak in church, wearing cloth made from multiple materials such as a cotton/polyester blend. I can give you scriptures if interested).

Also, before you start talking about what holds the nation together or destroys it, you should know a little more about your nation. A separation of church (religion) and state (the country) was implemented for a reason. If you wish to follow your religion word for word and expect others to do so, you should follow it exactly. You should be killing people every day, or is that something else you choose to overlook?

November 18, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.
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