Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: March 15

Little separation of church and state in gambling vote

Hershael York, the pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church, opened Gov. Steve Beshear's budget address last month with a prayer against expanded gambling and led a Feb. 21 rally at the Capitol that was followed days later by the casino bill being voted down.

I happened to hear a radio broadcast of York at the Capitol rally leading his Christian mob in a loud chant against gambling to intimidate our government representatives.

And it would seem between his intimidation on the outside and Senate President David Williams' intimidation on the inside that the powers that be have decided that the voters of Kentucky cannot be trusted with a yes or no vote on casino-type gambling.

I have never been in a casino and if we had them in Kentucky, I doubt that I would partake in gambling here. Gambling just isn't a big deal for me.

However, what is a big deal with me is having one group of people from the church taking it upon themselves to decide for the rest of us what we should or should not be doing.

I would never darken the doors of any church with such pharisaical leanings as York's or any other of his preacher cohorts who led their captive flocks to arm-twist the government to do their wishes.

And I would call on other freedom-loving Kentuckians to join me in forever boycotting churches.

Phil Greer


Santorum's past

What do we know about Rick Santorum and why is he no longer a senator from Pennsylvania?

The answer is that in 2006 he lost to now-senator Bob Casey by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. Casey's 18-point victory margin was the largest for a challenger to an incumbent senator in over 25 years.

So what was it about Santorum that caused the voters to reject him by such a wide margin? Less than two months before the election Santorum was named one of three "most corrupt" U.S. senators by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

CREW stated, "Sen. Santorum's ethics issues stem from the manner in which he funded his children's education and his misuse of his legislative position in exchange for contributions to his political action committee and his re-election campaign."

Santorum also violated the Senate gift rule and CREW's Melanie Sloan cited Santorum's "contempt for the rules" as "particularly ironic given that Sen. Santorum has long attempted to position himself as the poster child for public morality."

Santorum seems to think that he is running for ayatollah of the United States. His advisers should tell him that the United States has not transitioned to a theocracy.

Whether it comes to abortion, gay marriage, contraception or stem-cell research, the religious right's positions seem to run completely contradictory to its stated goal of "getting the government out of people's lives."

Republicans would do well to examine Santorum's record and beliefs before voting for this far-right extremist.

Jim Porter


If in Obama's shoes ...

A question I would love to hear asked at the next Republican candidates debate:

"How do you propose to implement your plans if you encounter the same obstruction and non-cooperation as our current president has?"

That is an answer that would be worth hearing.

Cheryl Keenan


Too much expense

How is the city going to pay for the proposed renovation of Rupp Arena? Has this city suddenly come into a windfall of surplus dollars in the millions that we can now afford to lavishly spend money that we do not have?

I am not any economic genius by any means, but I do know that it is just stupid to spend money that you don't have or take a loan out that you do not have the money to pay back.

Do we really need a fancy new Rupp Arena, or are we just keeping up with Louisville? Or should we be looking at fixing the infrastructure of this city instead?

Can you really decide to spend millions of dollars during this troubled economy on something that is just not that urgently needed?

Marty Fields


Numbers don't count

Pretty disgusting headline: "After Tea Party rally, Senate votes to curb debt" (Feb. 23). The Tea Party meets and the legislature responds.

Why couldn't we have seen the same sort of headline as a response to the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth rally?

It is not the number of people in the protest that counts, is it? It is whether or not the group's wishes coincide with those in power.

The corporate-controlled Tea Party movement will always get more press than "we the people."

Sara M. Porter


Taxes promoting religion

A Feb. 4 letter suggested that those who oppose tax breaks for the blatantly pro-fundamentalist Christian exhibit that constitutes the Creation Museum oppose free thought.

None of us who object to taxpayer funding of this patently fundamentalist state-sponsored Christian facility are opposed to anyone being able to present their beliefs, in whatever media format. Our objection arises from taxpayer subsidies which support this particular, exclusively evangelical enterprise.

While I am myself not a Muslim or Hindu, I like to imagine the response of our Kentucky fundamentalist Christian population if someone wanted to open a theme park dedicated to Mohammed or Buddha.

Read the U.S. Constitution. It expressly forbids promotion of one religion at the cost of another. This obviously includes offering tax breaks to one group but not to others.

Jonathan Morris


Keep God out of it

While watching the movie Act of Valor I became annoyed with a scene the producers and director should not have presented. The Department of Defense failed to assure accuracy of military films.

One of the helicopter aircrew members tasked to ferry the SEAL team to its operational area was wearing headgear that read "In God we trust."

The United States is not now, nor ever has been, a Christian nation. To this end, it is past time for American politicians to pass legislation that makes it a crime to identify religion in any federal government activity or U.S. armed forces.

You may want to revisit the 1640s in early American history when clergymen were responsible for terrible acts against humanity.

If we become a theocracy, the religious police will make you attend church services, restrict what you eat, drink, wear, etc. Go for it.

Worship what entity you choose as god/creator/supreme being/etc. and continue to gather funds to teach about your entity, but cease and desist your subversion against my homeland.

Billy Ray Wilson