published Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Turn to God for blessings — and more letters to the editors

Turn to God for blessings

“Prayer upheld” by the U.S. Supreme Court was great news to read.

Daniel Webster said, “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

More than 43 years back when I landed in Chattanooga for my studies, many things greatly surprised me. I never saw anybody in a restaurant praying before eating in my homeland, India. Here I saw a very high percentage of the people bowing their heads and praying before eating food.

Prayer and Bible were taken out of schools, and God watched this circus very patiently. Prayer before sporting events can be blocked by a weird person of no religion or some religions. What a paradox — one person can block the 99 percent majority in a free society?

Now we are reaping the severe consequences of poverty in many parts of the U.S. Let us all turn to God and ask for his grace and mercy; that is the last hope left for us; otherwise, more troubles are ahead of us.

A.S. MATHEW, Ringgold, Ga.


Both editorial pages slammed

I was going to send a letter to the editor comparing Benghazi to Watergate. To do that in 200 words is just about impossible without looking grammar-challenged or sounding like an idiot. Maybe that is the whole point of the 200 words.

In any event, this is the Times Free Press attempt at “free speech.” The newspaper only seems to like free speech for its liberal views. Ninety percent of reporters and management are liberal. We used to have a strong conservative voice in Drew Johnson, but he was canned for some administrative deal when he told the truth about Obama. Now we have Clint Cooper. I must say, I think Lee Anderson has been cloned. Clint is just as big a lapdog of the power structure. I would describe his conservatism as lukewarm, but tepid is much better.

I never thought I would ever say this but I miss Harry Austin. Pam Sohn’s emotional diatribes sprinkled with insults to conservatives are amateurish and immature. I might be a little unfair since I can only read about two words before I get sick.

TIM PRICE, Hixson

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LibDem said...

It's good they allow prayer over meals now. People have been dying like flies. (Actually, studies indicate about 100% of people die eventually though that could be a coincidence.)

May 20, 2014 at 7:02 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Never thought I'd agree with Tim Price, but I do on this letter. Times Free Press needs to re-visit its policy of 200 words or less on letters to the editor. I'm working on a letter about the greenhouse effect and what it means for our planet. It is difficult to condense this down to 200 words. Your editors have the right to change things, so why not let folks write letters without worrying about word counts? If it is too long or repetitive, let the editors deal with it.

May 20, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.

"Prayer and Bible were taken out of schools, and God watched this circus very patiently." A. S. Matthew, Ringgold, GA.

Well then, let's return the Bible circus to schools. Have the principal read these "Good Book" stories to calm the waters.

"David kills 200 Philistines and brings their foreskins to Saul to buy his first wife (Saul's daughter Michal). Saul had only asked for 100 foreskins, but David was feeling generous." First Samuel 18:25-27

Foreskins can replace money for school supplies, lunch, and teacher's salaries.

God orders the sons of Levi (Moses, Aaron, and the other members of their tribe that were "on the Lord's side") to kill "every man his neighbor." "And there fell of the people that day about 3000 men." Exodus 32:27-28

Use this story to talk about "Love Thy Neighbor" unless some god tells you to kill them. Maybe those who shoot-up schools can use this in their defense when arrested. Of course, the fundamentalists will have to vote "not guilty" at trial as the shooter was following Holy Scripture.

Whoever works, or even kindles a fire, on the Sabbath "shall be put to death." Exodus 35:2-3

Perfect time to bring mommies and daddies to school and have mass executions for those who work on Saturdays. Or if that's inconvenient, just distribute poisons to the kiddies on Friday to kill their parents Saturday night after they get home from work. God loves a cheerful killer!

Yes, bring back those heartwarming Bible stories, teach them as history, science, and commandments from Jehovah.

Fewer people through divine killing equals less poverty and more for everyone else! A Tea Party dream!

This is what you wanted Mr. Matthews. God bless you!

May 20, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Now we are reaping the severe consequences of poverty in many parts of the U.S. Let us all turn to God and ask for his grace and mercy; that is the last hope left for us; otherwise, more troubles are ahead of us." - A.S. Matthew

99.99% of our problems, especially poverty, hunger, and homelessness, are man-made, thanks to our allowing individual greed to be our national motto. How about instead of getting down on our knees and cowering before your vengeful, jealous God, we use our GOD-GIVEN common sense and let's fix those problems ourselves. And maybe if we put into practice what JC talked about - loving our neighbors as ourselves and not prioritizing personal riches - poverty would be eradicated completely. Your God is only going to do whatever he chooses anyway ("Thy will be done" and all that). Prayers are a roll of the dice.

As for thanks before meals...it's good to be thankful for our food. Let's thank the person who bought it, the cook who prepared it, the farmers who grew it, the servers who served it, and for the carnivores among us, thanks to the various animals that gave their lives. That food didn't fall out of the sky. It was provided by someone's sweat and blood and diligent care. Nothing wrong with giving a shout-out to your invisible sky daddy, if you're so inclined, but those earthly beings involved in the growing, procuring, and preparing of it deserve the bulk of the praise and the thanks.

May 20, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Tim Price, I can totally relate, dude! - about your getting sick, I mean. I get that same sort of nausea whenever I read Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Robin Smith, or watch Faux News. I'm usually good for about two-minutes' worth of Faux News watching before I feel my stomach to start to churn. Lies, misinformation, and the intentional dissemination of propaganda have a way of doing that to me.

May 20, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
conservative said...

TIM PRICE, Hixson, I had some sympathy for you until you called Drew Johnson a "strong conservative voice", a man for adultery and Homosexuality.

Yikes!

Then sandyonsignal wants more than 200 to spread lies about YOU causing global warming/climate change.

Just read Ms. Sohn and Mr. Cook to see how two Liberal loons can needlessly bloviate. The two can sure waste words.

I made my points in a lot less than 200 words.

May 20, 2014 at 1:50 p.m.

The good news is same sex marriage will soon be legal everywhere.

But Conservative, I'm not sure you'll be allowed to come out of the closet and marry your Bible, but it won't be because you haven't humped it often enough.

Jesus is coming (so grab a towel).

May 20, 2014 at 3 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

allahsyoungerbrother,

I hope this helps:

  1. The Word 'Sabbath' has never meant 'Saturday'...will never mean 'Saturday'. The Word 'Sabbath' means 'Rest'.

  2. The Hebrew Word 'Sabbath' has never meant 'Worship'...will never mean 'Worship'. The Word 'Sabbath' means 'Rest'.

  3. The Word 'Sabbath' has never meant 'Seventh'...will never mean 'Seventh'. The Hebrew Word 'Sabbath' means 'Rest'.

Do You know about the 'Dirty Sabbath'~in the Holy Bible? Yes, The Lord God of Hosts commanded the people to have a Sabbath (Rest) (Only...Rest) for their 'land' (Dirt) and 'cattle'. The people who believe Jesus Christ is a created angel named Michael have found a way to create a cult based on the word 'Sabbath'.

Ken ORR

May 21, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Also, please educate Yourself regarding sATAN (lUcifEr) trying to corrupt/eliminate the pure blood line of Jesus Christ. Our Thrice Holy Lord God of Hosts understands far more than we know. When He commands that sATAN'S plans be destroyed...sometimes that requires the deaths of the Children of the dEVIL. Jesus Christ's ways are always righteous and true. He is higher than You and me. Do not think we can correct Him, or, play a game of chess with Him and win.

Ken ORR

May 21, 2014 at 6:43 p.m.

Mr. Orr, as I have stated time and again anyone afraid to write the name Satan and Lucifer has no credibility.

You have no credibility and are seriously delusional.

Who would want a god that treats science as evil, knowledge as Satanic, and would have you believe such bullsh!t as real?

It's obvious that your knowledge of science, history, and reality is severely limited, but I can bet you're a proud member of the Tea Party.

I only hope you're not around small children to tell your mindless superstitions to as real.

There are adult remedial classes that can take someone like you and in a few months bring them up to speed on science. But you would have to give up your religious witchcraft, leave Adam and Eve (as reality) at home, and accept that myths can be instructive but are not fact.

If you can't do those simple things, there's no hope and you'll continue to sound and act foolish.

May 21, 2014 at 7:03 p.m.
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