published Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Race and politics and other letters to the editors

Race and politics

In a commentary by Jay Ambrose (The Chattanooga Times, 2/9/2014), he discusses the following: A 1965 report by Daniel Moyniham while he was assistant secretary of labor noted that 24 percent of black women were having babies without being married while the national average was 7 percent. Mr. Ambrose continues as follows, "Others have noted how this work was dismissed by many and how the situation has since spiraled, not just among the blacks, whose illegitimacy rate today is 73 percent, but among just about all groups as the national average has climbed to 41 percent." In another commentary by Walter Williams, he points out that a number of cities have experienced significant widespread, teacher-led cheating on standardized academic achievement tests. Is there a correlation between the high illegitimacy rates, the teacher-led cheating scandals and the fact that all of the aforementioned cities are politically controlled by black mayors and presumably by black voters?? It's a sad state of affairs. I wish I had some suggestions for change/improvement. Do you think our politicians and/or religious leaders are aware of this? And do you think they really care? Hope better days are ahead for our country!

WILLIAM MURRAY, Blairsville, Ga.


What the Bible says

This letter responds to Matt Nevels' argument for homosexuality, from a "Bible-minded" (his term) Christian who isn't "phobic." 1) He writes "The sin of Sodom was not about homosexuality."Jude says (verse 7): "Don't forget Sodom that practiced every kind of sexual perversion." It wasn't "just" about homosexuality, but included it nonetheless. "The cry against them was great and their sin was grave." 2) He says: "Jesus did not address homosexuality." Jesus did address the broader sins of fornication ,which would include homosexuality (Matthew 15:19), and he did affirm God's declaration that marriage is between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4). Jesus came to the Jews, and they treated homosexuality as an abomination. There was no need for him to belabor the issue. Paul however, ministered to the gentiles, who needed it spelled out. He describes the lifestyle as "shameful acts" (Romans 1:18-20) and says those that practice this sin will "not inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9. 3) Finally, I have not found a translation yet that supports this lifestyle. It is sin (all types) that is the true "pandemic," not "homophobia." My hope is to share the truth in love.

REV. JOEY KELLY, Ringggold Ga.


What is Corker thinking?

On Monday, Volkswagen Chattanooga issued a statement that read in part "There is no connection between our Chattanooga employees' decision about whether to be represented by a union and the decision about where to build a new product for the U.S. market." On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Corker visited Chattanooga for the purpose of expressing his anti-union opinions and said in part: "I've had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga." Corker made his statement in the midst of an election by VWC employees whether to have the UAW represent them. What purpose could he have had in holding a press conference and making that statement, if not to intimidate the employees to vote against the union? After Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of VW Chattanooga, countered Corker's assertion, Corker issued a statement that he is privy to information that Fischer is not and that he is confident his facts are true and accurate. If the UAW does not prevail in the election, Corker should be a witness at the hearing of the unfair labor practices charge. He also should be censured by the Senate.

Donald Strickland, Signal Mountain


Church leaders fear tax code

One thing will ultimately be responsible for driving America's churches "underground:" the pastors' and church leaders' fear of 501(c)3. America finds itself in the grip of an administration that is devoted to destroying the Constitution and our way of life. Our pastors literally fear losing their 501 (c)3 status and are not doing what God put them here for. They are admonished by the scriptures to be a light to a dark world by pointing out evil and rallying Christians to fight against that evil. You might say that the church is to "win souls" and "equip the saints," but how effective could we be at that if we wound up like North Korea or China and had to worship in the most secret places we could find? If Christians "tithe" or give money to the church only to get a tax write-off I think God would not want their money. It is time pastors, especially the ones who have a nationwide audience through television, stand up and expose this evil which is fast taking over every aspect of our lives before we also have to go "underground."

CHARLES H. BENSON


Obamacare safeguards health

With Obamacare, screenings for women's health are now included in our insurance coverage, without additional charges. The very act of making screenings included was a statement for their importance, a statement that reminded me of how excruciating it is to lose someone you love, especially when their death could have been avoided with early disease detection. This past December marked the 22nd year since my grandmother died from cervical cancer. In remembrance of her and in gratitude for the Obamacare reforms, I scheduled my recommended screenings and encouraged many other women to do so, as well. With these preventive screenings, fewer families will go through what mine did all those years ago. The most important statement made by the provisions of Obamacare is that women matter, that our quality of life matters, and that we are all worth the hard work it took to stare down the real "death panels" within the insurance industry, and the years it took to pass this particular legislation. With better coverage, our mothers and grandmothers will be with us on many more Christmases. Soon enough, Obamacare will be understood to be the most important pieces of legislation ever passed in Congress.

ANGELIA STINNETT, Hixson

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

I am getting sick and tired of people using the word 'homophobia'. The correct term would be 'diseaseaphobia' I'm not stating that any one particular practicing homosexual has contracted any of the opportunistic contagious infections so disproportionately belonging to the homosexual community. Please get it straight those of You who want to pretend that everyone is a homosexual and are haters if they disagree with the (what the world's great religions label an 'aberrant') lifestyle. We heterosexual individuals are NOT homophobic! The only One we fear is Jesus Christ, The Lord God of Hosts. Please hear that loudly and clearly. When Our Creator, YHWH, labeled homosexual individuals 'dogs', that was enough for most of us to want to sound the clarion warning to all who prefer (choose) a lifestyle that some call 'The Culture of Death'.

Ken ORR

February 15, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.
wallyworld said...

Well Orr, you finally got one thing right - you are sick, sick, sick!

February 15, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.
ToHoldNothing said...

Phobia doesn't mean the fear you speak of towards your god. Phobia is a deep seated fear of something, many times with no logical reason: e.g. clowns, balloons, etc.

I agree to an extent, but only that homophobia probably doesn't apply to many people that disagree with homosexuality, since they can knowingly interact with gay people absent an irrational reaction based on aversion.

The term I've heard that works a bit better is heterosexism: a tendency, attitude or bias to favor opposite sex relationships in society.

Homosexophobia or homoerotophobia could work if we wanted to try to use phobia, though some have criticized the use of that suffix as unscientific, since it presumes the motivation of the behavior preemptively.

February 15, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
LibDem said...

Dragging a person into an alley and beating senseless or to death could be considered an irrational response. This has largely been discouraged in the US, but people like Mr. Orr send missionaries to African nation to teach this practice. They have created a god of fear and love to spread that fear.

February 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

ToHoldNothing...Valuable info. for me. I had not thought about it that way. Thank You. kwo

February 16, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

LibDem...I 'do not' hate You, nor, anybody else. On the contrary, I love all people. I am commanded to, and I do. Have You heard the phrase "dead man walking?" Well, really it should be "dead mankind walking". I view all people as having a very, very short time on this planet. Then, we all face death and judgment. (Holy Bible). I view every living individual with a sort of pity, knowing that they are in a very difficult world...knowing that they will endure suffering in one form, or, another...knowing that one day they must lie in a coffin (or urn), and how so many people do all they can to pretend that they will not go the way of the grave (in one form, or, another). So, I try to speak truth and show love to everyone. I try to warn them to NOT behave in such a way that they are assured of going to a worse place than planet earth after they die. Truly, no one wants to go to a worse place than this world after they die. Jesus Christ said, "A new commandment I give unto You, that You love one another." kwo

February 16, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.
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