Letters to the editor: June 19

June 19, 2012 

Obama's stance on gays promotes moral bankruptcy

Reading Merlene Davis' column, "Keep religion out of gay marriage issue" (May 24), I was extremely encouraged to discover that even today a number of voters remain who exhibit a greater concern for moral decency and their own self worth than the color of President Barack Obama's skin.

I was also deeply troubled by her listing numerous sinful acts and social maladies as she attempts to justify Obama's moral depravity and and launches a venomous attack against voters who still maintain a degree of moral fiber, even to the point of declaring that Christianity condemns those who don't feed the poor. Christianity is to be Christ-like and Jesus Christ set forth guidelines for Christians to follow, as when he told the woman taken in adultery, neither do I condemn you. "Go and sin no more." In other words discontinue the sinful act.

Nowhere do I find she attempted to convince Jesus she was an adulteress because God made her that way or she was no worse than her neighbor who stole something.

The gay and lesbian lifestyle endorsed by Obama serves only to satisfy the lust of the flesh and contribute to moral bankruptcy, which is so rampant in our country today.

Phillip M. Ellis


Religious zealots

I do not have a college degree, but I do have 35 years of world history knowledge based on both overt and covert employment assignments.

In every country assigned, I studied the country's ethnic culture and their state-designated religion, if any. In no country did I encounter the religious zealots I read about in the Herald-Leader, London's Sentinel-Echo and online, or listen to during the evening's major news broadcasts.

(See Herald-Leader's Feedback section, June 11, "Pastor's work speaks for itself: Preacher has right to apply gospel to president" response to May 21 article, "Ky. pastor told flock to vote out Obama"; also, "Quran-burning pastor hangs Obama in effigy," June 9, Opednews.com.)

It is mind-boggling an American clergyman would use the Torah, Old Testament, New Testament or Quran as a source of truth regarding the welfare of the United States.

Sadly, our country hasn't attained the status that our citizens are all equal, regardless of race, religion or sexual preference. We failed the founders of this great nation.

Today, in the United States, religious teachings are used for personal greed and power. The evil man knows there are those individuals who need a master or supreme being to justify their existence. I do not need a master, nor should you.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to worship or not worship. However, the First Amendment does not give one the right to subvert our country in the name of an unseen or unheard religious entity.

Billy Ray Wilson


Protect your rights

All Christians need to band together to protect our freedom of religion. The Catholic diocese of the Northeast has filed a lawsuit (for all Catholics) to stop Obamacare from forcing the Catholic Church to do as mandated — giving insurance that will pay for contraceptives, abortions and sterilization to all their employees.

Yes, I, as a Catholic, used contraceptives, but that is a sin between me and God, not Barack Obama or my government. However, for the president to force my church to sin is pure evil.

Now all of you of religious faith must ban together to stop this administration from taking our freedom of religion away from us.

All women need to stop using the word "abortion" when they are killing their children in the womb. Abortion is a "kind" word to use for murder.

A Catholic charity in Illinois is no longer adopting children to any families, Catholic or otherwise. The reason: Because they were being forced to adopt to same-sex couples. Our church stopped the adoptions, staying true to our beliefs.

What will happen to the Catholic schools, churches, hospitals, universities, food banks, charities and missions (used by everyone) if this Obamacare law is forced onto our church. What would you do if this mandate was forcing your church to sin?

Joyce Stohr


Limit corporations

Under current federal election campaign rules, individuals are limited to contributing $70,800 per two-year cycle to all national party committees and political action committees. According to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, corporations are considered people. If a corporation is deemed an individual, why are they allowed to contribute unlimited amounts to PACs?

Why are corporate heads allowed to contribute shareholders money to backing the candidate of their choice? Isn't this equivalent to giving board members two votes as opposed to an individual's single vote? Wouldn't keeping this "contributed" money in the corporate coffers increase shareholder value and command a higher stock price?

Either Citizens United needs to be overturned or the definition of personage needs to be better elucidated.

Robert Hoeller


Sparkle of humanity

Every day on Richmond Road there stands a man I believe is affecting lives, touching hearts and uplifting spirits. He holds a Mr. Sparkle Car Wash advertisement in his hands. Have you seen him, too? If so, I'd bet you remember him, and the reason you remember him is not because of his Mr. Sparkle affiliation. It is because of his enthusiasm, his happiness and his smile.

This man touches me deeply every time I pass him, and I find myself pleasantly distracted from any worries I may have.

While standing outside in the elements for hours may not be your idea of a dream job, I have never once seen him without a smile, or without contagious, positive energy. I study him as I drive by. He never shows animosity toward an unreturned wave, which must happen at times. He never shows prejudice either; every passerby is treated equally, and isn't that how it should be?

While it sounds simple, driving past this man makes you feel ... better. I don't have an explanation for why his big smile makes you feel so warm, but for a time, it makes you forget your problems. It is proof that happiness is, indeed, infectious.

Although I don't even know this man's name, he deserves recognition for the impact he has made in my life, and quite possibly, the lives of others as well. Mr. Sparkle Car Wash is lucky to have him. Lexington is lucky to have him. He sparkles.

Courtney Cowden


Identify theft hits home

I have been a longtime Lexington resident. I recently took a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., to visit my aunt. On good advice I decided to take the Greyhound Bus Line. It was a pleasant experience.

However, after returning I discovered that my bank accounts had been compromised. There were fraudulent charges and there was a significant amount of money missing. Apparently, identity theft has begun to take hold in small communities across the country.

I am writing this to inform everyone. Protect yourself from identity theft. If not, you could run the risk of losing your money as well as your good credit.

This experience has not, however, damaged my good nature. People are still good people. Sometimes you just get dealt a bad hand.

Anthony Carter Day


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