published Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Obama critics are no racists — and more letters to the editors

Obama critics are no racists

This letter is for liberals who think anyone who doesn’t approve of President Obama is a racist.

My husband and I bowled on a team with another couple for many years. Two of my sisters graduated from nursing school in the same class as a woman with whom we are all still friends. My niece’s husband is a fine young man that the whole family adores.

Anytime we see these folks, we hug, we talk, we interact like old friends — because we are. Guess what. We’re all white and all of those folks are African American, and we love them. Disliking the policies and administrative abilities (or lack thereof) of our current president does not have anything to do with his race.

Perhaps for a few it does, but most conservatives don’t dislike him personally, rather for his poor leadership.

You didn’t accuse us of racism when we disliked the policies of Bill Clinton, so are you now saying we can’t dislike those of Barack Obama just because he’s black?

There must be a term for that. Racism or bigotry doesn’t seem to fit. Perhaps ignorance?

JOY STURTEVANT, Monteagle, Tenn.


WWJD? Has real answers

Many often ask what would Jesus Do? He performed miracles, told people to be kind to their enemies, help the sick and poor. He said teach the gospel to all. He did many great and wonderful things. However he was not always meek and gentle, such as when he turned over tables and drove the money changers out of the temple. You can read about that in Matthew 21: 121-13 and Mark 11: 15-17.

When the mob came after him just before he died on the cross, I do not believe he said your practicing hate crimes on me. You asked what would Jesus do? He is still saving people from sin. He obeyed his Father who is God. He died for you. What have you done for him.

JENNIFER BRADFORD


Background checks for guns needed

I am writing to give my views on ending gun violence.

Keep guns out of the hands of criminals and repeat offenders. Some control over the sale of firearms is needed to prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn.

I support background checks so unsuitable people do not get hold of weapons and commit crimes.

IRENE W. DOWDELL

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anniebelle said...

This from the ONION for Ms. Sturtevant:

True Courage Is Knowing You’re Wrong, But Refusing to Admit It. Courage requires us to remain steadfast in our beliefs. It asks that we stand by the convictions we express and never give an inch, no matter what the cost. However off base, wrongheaded, or patently false a position we’ve staked out may be, courage nonetheless demands that we blindly pound home our stupid point, never letting up.

True valor is the moment in a conversation when you realize that what you’re saying is completely and utterly wrong, but you continue to say it over and over again anyway, only louder.

The dilemma applies when you’re arguing with someone who obviously has far more information about a subject than you do. Basically, you have two choices: You can admit that you are out of your depth and that your lack of knowledge led you to the incorrect conclusion. Or you can dig in your heels, grit your teeth, and defend your misguided, uninformed opinion with every fiber of your being—even to the point of hysteria.

September 17, 2013 at 6:56 a.m.
moon4kat said...

I believe Ms. Sturtevant when she says she's not a racist. However, there are many attackers of the President who ARE racist, and who have used ignorant, ugly, and bigoted ways to attack the US President. There are many who have resorted to attacks that have nothing to do with facts, policies or issues. It's good to know that some members of the opposition can have a civil discussion based on verifiable facts, however many do not, especially those who seem fixated by Faux "news."

September 17, 2013 at 8:18 a.m.
LibDem said...

I'm glad, Ms. JOY STURTEVANT, that your disapproval of President Obama is not racist. I'm also encouraged that you have your friends and associates sorted out by race to avoid any charge of racism.

September 17, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Some claim that we all came from Africa (Cradle of Civilization/Mesopotamia) (before the continental divide) and Caucasians are indeed albino individuals transitioned over many centuries. I can certainly believe that. Melanin anyone? (No way do i support the modern joke/faith/rubbish of Darwinian evolution...This Caucasian (Me) (see the 'Asian' within Caucasian?)~categorically 'DID NOT' come from a MONKEY. Black, White, Yellow, Red...No Human Ever Came From a Monkey!

Ken ORR

September 17, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr's grasp of science is the rule and not the exception for fundamentalists. Sadly laughable, but now Orr is claiming he was a psychological counselor to those with mental issues.

Pity those poor people who fell under his auspices. However, since Orr has been proved a liar on so many other of his claims, I can only hope that again Orr is lying.

Would you want your family or friends to be treated by Orr?

September 17, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Humans did not come from monkeys, Ken Orr. Albinos and "whites" are not the same. Do you not know any anthropology? And you say you have a degree in this stuff?????

September 17, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I'd say the only degree that is applicable to Orr is the degree of his ignorance and intolerance, but par for his oblivious course.

September 17, 2013 at 7:55 p.m.
Leaf said...

Not all Obama critics hate black people. But everyone who hates black people is an Obama critic.

Ken Orr is proof that Intelligent Design isn't.

This would never fly in America, but what if you had to prove you were responsible and sane before you could buy a gun?

September 19, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.
RShultz210 said...

Mr. Orr is an embarrassment to all Christians and a major cause of friction between some of the atheists in this community and the moderate Christian element. Atheists are arrogant and elitist as it is(I can think of at least two right off the bat who I will not name or attempt to cause trouble for)who comment in this forum upon a regular basis and treat Christians in a manner they do not deserve simply because they lump all of us in with Mr. Orr and his ridiculous ideas. Most atheists don't bother to differentiate between logical moderate Christians who accept and do not dispute the current theory of evolution as it is,and who don't believe that Goliath of Gath was 9 1/2 feet tall,etc,etc,ad nauseam and who honestly believe we would be lost without science and Mr. Orr unfortunately only makes things worse than they already are. I have atheist friends who are fortunately not among the elitist bigots who give us all the grief they can any time they can, and they say to me "Rick you know this guy and others like him hurt you more than all the televangelists put together, can't you officially disown him"?, and I have to answer and simply say I know what you mean, but we can't just wish him away. Would that we could.

September 27, 2013 at 10:54 p.m.
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