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LETTERS: Monday

February 6, 2010
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AFA turning back time

Our family loves the Air Force Academy.  We are disappointed with AFA officials erecting what they call a “pagan chapel”, sending out news releases and inviting the community to an official dedication ceremony. How ironic that the AFA has scheduled its March ceremony to honor Wiccans, pagans and druids a week before Saint Patrick’s Day.

On that holiday, we remember the 5th century pioneer Christian missionary to Ireland known as Saint Patrick. He brought the liberating message of freedom in Christ to the Celtic people who were enslaved by the superstitions, ignorance and barbaric practices of Druidism.

Druid priests performed child sacrifices to appease the local gods. According to scholar Thomas Cahill, author of “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” before Patrick brought the Christian gospel to the Irish, they “sacrificed prisoners of war to war gods and newborns to the harvest gods.”

The pagan Celts were also known for their brutal slave trade. Patrick was kidnapped from Britain at age 15 and enslaved by a pagan chieftain for six years until he escaped. He returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary and fearlessly spoke out against Druidism and the slave trade. He proclaimed the words of Jesus: “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

By the time of his death or shortly thereafter, the Irish stopped slave trading and human sacrifice had become unthinkable. Patrick had planted hundreds of churches and thousands put their faith in the Creator, the one true loving God of the Bible.

Patrick recognized that the greatest force for freedom and human dignity in the world is Christianity. History has proved it. In the name of political correctness, the AFA is turning back the clock. I wonder what Patrick would think.

Tolerance for cadets’ religions is fine, but for the institution to actively accommodate paganism and romanticize druids in this day and age is folly. We need men of Patrick’s courage and character in leadership at the AFA.

Caia Hoskins

Colorado Springs

That’s real racisim

Blacks are just as racist as whites or people of any color.

My granddaughter watched the Miss America contest and told me that a black girl had won.  I told her that there’s also a Miss Black America contest, and she was dumbfounded.  “What?” she remarked.  “Yes, we also have the NAACP which stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”  That’s real racism.

Racism was prevalent against the Japanese who were interned in relocation camps during WWII.  When they were released to return to their businesses and homes, signs displayed in shops would read “No dogs or Japs allowed.”  That’s racism!  Yet the proud Japanese persevered and did not let racism hinder them. One never hears the Japanese cry racism despite the trials they endured.

Why is Obama referred to as black?  He’s one-half white, one-half black, which makes him mulatto. That term, although accurate, is supposedly disparaging toward anyone of mixed ancestry.

Many of our school history books gloss over the plight of the Indians who were enslaved by the Catholic priests who built the missions.  The American military relentlessly pursued the Native American tribes until they were starving and broken and sent away from their native lands. The Indians are largely ignored today, after all....they’re on their reservations, so we can just put them out of our minds.  Right now, Indians in the Dakotas are suffering from devastating cold, no power, no heat.  They are still enslaved!

Open any school history book and a full chapter will be devoted to black slavery, civil rights struggles and praises of Lincoln for freeing the slaves.  Wait a minute!  Lincoln first freed only the slaves in the South, not the north, leaving the southern slaves no means of livelihood, no place to live.  One reason Lincoln was against slavery is because only the more prosperous people could afford slaves.

V. Sharp

Falcon

President factually wrong

 In your editorial page on Feb. 1,  Mr. James Koch chided a Supreme Court justice for a silent remark caught on camera concerning the truth of President Obama’s “opinion” regarding their ruling on the constitutional issue of free speech.  Not only was Obama’s opinion just that, but he does not have the constitutional authority to change the ruling. 

If Mr. Hoch had done his homework, he would have discovered that Obama’s remarks on the subject were factually wrong.  Thank God,  we still have a branch of government that works to interpret the Constitution correctly, something President Obama and the Congress have failed to do lately.   (They are too busy attempting to transform the nation into a socialist state and don’t seem to have time to pay attention to the Constitution). 

Mr. Obama’s remarks to the highest court in the land during a State of the Union were simply disgraceful. He should apologize. But then again,  look at the bright side.  Thanks to one of Obama’s ‘not so bright’ moves, the Supreme Court may have received even more motivation to correctly interpret the Constitution in the future. Keep it up, Mr. President!

Dave Maxwell

Colorado Springs

‘That’s not true’ is true

 President Obama has a knack for adding to his extensive enemies list — even when it’s unnecessary and unwarranted. His scolding of the Supreme Court (during the State of the Union address) for its campaign finance ruling, was uncalled for, rude, and factually inaccurate. Common sense tells me he was mistaken.  Justice Alito mouthed his disagreement with Obama’s claim that foreign corporations could now pour unlimited funds into U.S. elections. Common sense tells me Alito and four other justices are in a better position to assess the effects of the ruling than Obama is.

If you read the ruling (instead of reading and listening to left wing media’s spin on the ruling) you will see that the dissenting justices, in a very long, spirited dissent, made no mention of the danger “foreign entities” pose to our elections. I don’t know who/what came up with this crazy idea, but it was quickly picked up by left-wing media, and, even more embarrassing, by Obama’s speech writer. Have you noticed that you don’t hear much about this “foreign corporation” flaw lately? No, we don’t need a constitutional amendment to override this non-flaw as suggested by Mr. Koch in his letter to the editor, (“That’s not true”, February 2.) Now, having said that, I need to say I think the ruling is terrible because I’ll get bombarded by even more political ads. But that’s something I’ll have to endure since “Congress shall make no law....abridging the freedom of speech...”

Jerry Neff

Colorado Springs

Clean out the camps

I read with annoyance the Jan. 31 article “Neighborhood in the trees”.

Piles of feces, used toilet paper, messy campsites? And someone has the gall to put up a street number for their tent? This is a disgusting mess being made on public property, with no sign that it will end.

This article in The Gazette has me convinced that the city absolutely must take action to make the squatters near downtown move on.

Charles Rollman

Colorado Springs

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