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Tag: Leonard Pitts Jr.


PITTS: Columnist didn’t get the memo on race

Re: “’12 Years’ reminds us we must face history to surmount it” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 3-6).

Memo to Pitts:

• Slavery was abolished in this country by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865.

• The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 forbidding discrimination regarding an individual’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

• In the last few years, minorities, especially the LGBT community, have had significant gains in the passage of state laws as well as in the court of public opinion.

• Barack Obama could not have been elected president in 2008

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PITTS: Columnist’s words reflect his prejudice

Re: “Dear political right: Social change has become the new ‘normal’” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 3-2).

Pitts bad-mouths “straight, white Christian men” in his article. He suggests that our country would be better off if these people would just step back and let others determine the fate of our country. In a round-about way he suggests that the people in this category who criticize any of the president’s policies do it only because he is African American.

There is no truth in the suggestion.

If I, as a “straight, white Christian man,” were to use such terms, I would

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SHUTDOWN: Pitts column reflects media bias

Re: “Nation held hostage by right’s Obama Dementia” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 10-9).

The political cartoon in the opinion section, along with the Pitts column, made me angry. I can’t understand why The News Tribune would print this garbage. If the shoe was on the other foot, and a conservative drew a similar cartoon or wrote a similar article, he would be labeled as a “racist” or “hatemonger.” After that, his career would slowly wither away as the media castigated him for his insensitivity and pummeled him with criticism.

The TNT should consider no longer printing Pitts’ op-ed pieces.

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HOMOSEXUALITY: When did definition of courage change?

Re: “It takes courage to be the first to stand up” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 5-1).

When did the definition of courage change to include an individual’s sexual proclivities? Does not courage mean valor and heroism? Just how does a person’s sexual inclination convert to being unduly noble?

If you believe in the “born homosexual” myth, you must also embrace the notion that every individual is “born” with certain sexual tendencies. You must also believe that people are “born” with adulterous, polygamous, bisexual and pederasty tendencies to escape discrimination.

Why have the secular media never celebrated and labeled as

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PITTS: Love thy enemy a seldom-followed teaching

Re: “Proof that love can – with time – overcome evil” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-3).

This column reminded me of the first two centuries of Christianity after Jesus’ death. Roland Bainton, the famed professor of ecclesiastical history at Yale University Divinity School, says in his 1960 book “Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace”: “We may say that ecclesiastical authors before Constantine condemned Christian participation in warfare.”

The very early Christians followed the teaching of Jesus to love the enemy, as Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). That

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TNT: Newspapers are still relevant

Reading a recent issue of The News Tribune, I realized how long I had read the paper and how significant it has been. On the editorial pages were writers such as Leonard Pitts Jr. and Kathleen Parker plus a Viewpoint article by Julie Anderson, the Pierce County auditor. These are all significant commentaries on the local and national scene.

They are highly relevant and provide a view of life in our society. Newspapers may ultimately become electronic media, but for now they are a significant source of information in traditional paper format.


BIAS: Discrimination is never acceptable

Re: I read Leonard Pitts Jr.’s column (TNT, 9-23) that mentioned a bumper sticker that read: “2012 Don’t Re-Nig.”

That is a sad commentary on society. It is equally as sad as a society that judges a contender for president based upon his religion and whatever the perceptions or misconceptions of that religion may be.

Discrimination is discrimination, and it should never be acceptable. Unfortunately, some people will never get it.


ISLAM: Muslims aren’t America’s friends

Leonard Pitts Jr. suggested (column, 9-16) that Muslims were overreacting and being childish by rioting over the “Innocence of Muslims” film. In reading Pitts’ column, I had two thoughts.

First, I am fearful that Pitts is in for it now. In calling Muslim reaction to the Muhammad film “childish,” he has risked offending Muslims, and one of them will do him harm. I pray to Allah that this will not happen.

The second thought I had is that, for being such a savvy political observer, Pitts is clueless as to why Muslims riot. Muslims are eager and willing to

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