LETTERS: I'm no bigot; religion v. humanism; The race card; and more

Staff reports Updated: April 8, 2011 at 12:00 am • Published: April 8, 2011

America is waking up

I’ve never commented on anything in The Gazette because I own a business, and I fear retaliation, but the great sin in society is that sometimes good men standing quiet while evil abounds. I guess I’ll just see what happens.

Here we go again, name calling. Is that the best you can do David Dillion? (“Myriad of fairly absurd things,” April 8)

Now I’m a bigot because I don’t agree that the homosexual lifestyle is equal to the relationship between a man and a woman. I’m a racist because I don’t agree with the policies of Democrats, liberals and progressives, regardless of the color of anyone’s skin.

Come on America, just look at the state of the union. Since the godfather of progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, was in office, this country has been rocketing to a moral decline. These progressives have taken God away from us, they’ve taken morality from us, they’ve taken common sense and responsibility from us.

Now, we kill our own children without shame, remorse or guilt because it’s a woman’s right. We’re called bigots because we believe certain acts of mankind are immoral and distasteful; we’re expected to set moral standards based solely on political correctness and not what God or our conscience has told us is morale and correct. America, what has happened to us?

I’m not a bigot because I have to courage to say abortion is evil and murder; sex between same-sex couples is not, nor ever will be equal to a relationship between a married man and woman, because I’m just as opposed to sex between unmarried couples. I believe acceptance of evil and immoral acts, policies and trends leads to greater deterioration of society. If homosexuality is good, then why isn’t love between men and boys, polygamy, incest or sex with underage girls? Just 20 or 30 years ago, we would never have embraced homosexuality as good and normal.

I think you’re wrong David. I believe America is waking up, and the louder the progressive cowards and bullies shout and name-call, the closer to correct were getting. Call me any name you bullies want, because sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me, or change what’s truth.

Wayne Minks

Colorado Springs

 

Secular humanism not religion

While I agree with the sentiments of the editorial in the April 6 issue of The Gazette (“Bigots target fat folks and atheists”), a point needs to be clarified.

Justice Hugo Black did say, in a footnote attached to “Torcaso v. Watkins” (1961), “Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.”

However, people who identify themselves as secular humanists would argue against their philosophical beliefs as being a “religion” in the traditional sense of the word. As far as I know, secular humanists cannot deduct contributions they make to their association on their income tax returns as can those who belong to traditional religious organizations or houses of worship.

In another case, that of “Peloza v. Capistrano School District” (1994) the defendant equated the teaching of evolution as teaching the “religion” of Secular Humanism. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit responded that “we reject this claim because neither the Supreme Court, nor this circuit, has ever held that evolution or Secular Humanism are “religions” for the Establishment Clause purposes.” The Supreme Court refused to review the case.

So, this begs the question: Is secular humanism a religion or not? Legally, it appears not.

Bob Armintor

Colorado Springs

 

Between a rock, a hard place

It is a strange feeling, at the age of 79, to be caught “between a rock and a hard place.”

Recently, our respected primary care physician relocated out of state, creating our need to locate a new physician.

The response from the first two prospective physicians for an appointment was “closed to Medicare patients.” Beginning to despair, I contacted  a third clinic, and the gracious clerk gave me the same reply. When I pressed on, saying I was being cared for in the same clinic, at another location, she called her supervisor. The question was, “ Would I be willing to take a female physician.” Without hesitation, I accepted the future appointment.

Last November, our supplemental insurance provider raised our premium rate for 2011, the fourth increase in a row and the largest increase of all. The news has just reported that for a third time in a row, there will be no increase in Social Security benefits. Yet, prices for food, gasoline and clothing all have adjusted higher in the past 18 months. It appears Congress is going to force us all to enroll in “Obamacare,” and the premiums will increase again. Thank you, Mr. President.

My advice to you dear readers: Do your best not to grow old, because you’ll be at high risk of also being caught “between a rock and a hard place.”

Paul R. Edie

Colorado Springs

 

Race card and the crazy card

In response to Bob Gdovin’s April 8 letter on birthers and the race card, I can assure him that I, for one, have never used a race card. I dismiss birthers using the “crazy card.”

There are plenty of concrete things to disagree with President Barack Obama about. But believing that he was born in Kenya or is a secret Islamist out to impose socialism leaves the realm of the rational.

Obama’s supporters have provided plenty of evidence regarding his Hawaiian birth certificate, but there’s a reason he doesn’t want to go to great lengths to make this an issue — he doesn’t want to provide conspiracy theorists any legitimacy. For the same reason, then-President George Bush did not want to address those who thought his administration was directly behind the events of Sept. 11. It’s interesting to note that former Bill Clinton, no friend of Bush’s, took the time and trouble during the Bush years to dismiss a heckler at one of Clinton’s speeches who suggested Dick Cheney brought down the Twin Towers in New York, by saying, “I’m not going to dignify that with an answer. That’s crazy talk.”

Paranoid conspiracy theories have been a regular feature of the American political landscape since the nation was founded, and the best way to handle such theories is to show how they fail to pass tests of demonstrable fact. What is sad is when people who should know better, like Donald Trump in the current birther controversy, milk conspiracy theories in order to make political brownie points. In some ways, such people are worse charlatans than those who seriously believe in such theories.

Loring Wirbel

Colorado Springs

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