published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Forget those party labels and other letters to the editors

Forget those party labels

I'm an independent voter who's disgusted by all the purity tests by Democrats, Republicans and the tea party. I have a mixed voting record, like everybody else in our home. I want someone to represent me and my family in elections. I want our neighborhoods safe. I want our schools to produce kids who can get into college and get a job. I want my husband's small business to be left alone to make a decent profit and not have to pay so many taxes. I want people who are able to work to get a job and get off welfare. I don't want someone telling me about how much more Christian they are than anybody else. I don't want to hear anyone who questions my patriotism because I voted for so-and-so. I don't give a care who you've got working on your campaign or what other politicians say about you. The questions I want answered by anyone who runs for elected office are, "What have you done on your own? What are you going to specifically do based on your own qualifications?" What you've done means much more than what party you're in or how partisan you are.

AMANDA JOHNSON, Soddy-Daisy


Spend time in Bible

study It is apparent more people need to not only spend more time reading the Bible, they need to get more into additional Bible study. When people get more in-depth with Bible study, they will discover the Bible is very easy to understand. They will also find it is impossible for the Bible to contradict itself. Also, when there is a documentary on Bible things on TV or in the movies: If one has really studied the Bible, they can tell when the documentary on God, Jesus or the Bible has been twisted up. It would be really great if everyone would spend more time in and more in-depth in Bible study to find out what the Bible truly says.

JENNIFER RIGGINS BRADFORD


What about the victim?

In response to the May 7 Larry Ingle letter about the botched execution in Oklahoma: I'm sure the young woman he buried alive suffered more than he did. If the injection and heart attack were too "atrocious," we could have just buried him alive, tit for tat. I would have liked to have the last shovel full of dirt to throw on top of him and tell him to take a deep breath and hold it.

P. FRED MUMM

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"It would be really great if everyone would spend more time in and more in-depth in Bible study to find out what the Bible truly says."

JENNIFER RIGGINS BRADFORD

I certainly agree. If more people read the Bible fewer people would believe it as literal and inerrant, would stop believing in a Biblical God and Jesus, throw out the Adam and Eve creation story and accept evolution as the best explanation, laugh at fundamentalist preachers, stop giving money to TV faith-healing fakes, stop their bigoted behavior towards others, and begin to live a life free from the evil banality of extremist Abrahamic religions.

Here's an example. Leviticus 15:19-30 "And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean. Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness."

And this is just a small part of the sheer idiocy contained within.

Ms. Bradford, if you are of an age of menstruation, a devout believer and follower of everything the Bible says, just where do you go doing your "unclean" days, where do you purchase the two pigeons, which priest performs the burnt offering, and how does burning pigeon smell?

The Bible — full of pigeon droppings.

May 23, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.
LibDem said...

allahsyoungerbrother, Why did I assume you would want to respond to Ms. Bradford's letter and cover all the bases. You don't leave much to be said.

May 23, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ms. Bradford: In-depth study is always a good thing, I suppose. But it seems odd to me that if the Bible is so easy to understand, why is in-depth study necessary before one can come to the conclusion that it is so easy to understand? Latin and calculus are also easy to understand...once you engage in enough in-depth study to understand them. If God really was concerned about saving his children from the wrath of eternal damnation and joining him in eternal paradise, why wouldn't he just write or say or do things that would easily convince everyone, from the stupidest to the smartest, that he is the real deal? Why write in such a way that one needs to be instructed by a theologian or scholar what the deeper levels of meaning are?

I have studied the Bible, cover to cover, and I too found it easy to understand. Once it becomes obvious that it is not meant to be taken as history or literal truth but is instead a compilation of ancient myths based on early humankind's ignorance of the cosmos and the world around him, it was amazing to me how much sense the Bible made. As a work of pure fiction, yes, it makes perfect sense. As God's "divine word" and as literal history...pure nonsense.

May 23, 2014 at 6:23 p.m.

Rickaroo,

Christians do not read the Bible thoroughly. They read, if anything, the Christmas story (based on pagan god stories and festivals), John 3:16 (based on prior messiah and saviors' stories), Revelations (nearly every myth has apocalyptic stories), maybe three Psalms, the first part of Genesis through the flood story (the myth of Gilgamesh retold), and maybe a couple of other stories like Joseph and his brothers and Exodus, where Charlton Heston parts the Red Sea with the help of Cecil B. DeMille (another good movie when viewed as a myth, not fact}.

Many believe that Ben-Hur is a Bible story (it's not, but was written by Union Civil War General Lew Wallace) but is an excellent movie if just for the chariot race.

But Christian fundamentalists do know what their preachers, ministers, reverends( that misnomer always cracks me up), and the TV charlatans tell them. Most are as ignorant today as when the Catholic Church controlled the Bible before printing presses.

Face it, the Bible is very dull reading with the exception of a few good morality stories (the Good Samaritan and "Do Unto Others" stuff, but that was also rehashed stories from other cultures,) the miracles are amateurish at best, the characters are one-dimensional, and today the Bible wouldn't rate a place in the airport paperback rack.

I'd say that atheists and agnostics know more about Christianity and the Bible than 90% of the fundamentalists out there.

May 23, 2014 at 7:54 p.m.
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