Letters to the Editor

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Tag: marriage

Feb.
18th

AMERICA: It’s OK for minority to bully majority?

Why is it that if you believe marriage is defined as between one man and one woman you are labeled a bigot? If you disagree with the president’s damaging policies they call you a racist? Or if you believe that abortion is morally wrong you are said to hate women? If you are a devout believer in God and attend a church, you are somehow less intelligent and misled.

What happened to an America where people were allowed freedom and liberty and didn’t have a statist agenda forced upon them? When did the minority bully the majority?

I say it

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Feb.
18th

MARRIAGE: Don’t equate marriage, same-sex unions

Re: “Limits on marriage equality falling across the country” (TNT, 2-18).

At a time when many decry calling upon the name of Jesus Christ because it may be offensive to some, I openly take offense to your headline implying that the falling limits on same-sex unions equates to marriage equality.

No matter how many times you say a cat is a dog, a cat will never become a dog. Same-sex unions can be made legal throughout the land, but they are still same-sex unions.

One of the greatest gifts our creator granted each of us is freedom of choice.

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July
22nd

MARS HILL: Church needs a roof over its head

I was dismayed to see Peter Callaghan’s report in his Sunday column (TNT, 7-21) about the local eatery that cancelled a fundraiser set up by the Mars Hill Church to raise money to put a new roof over its sanctuary. This apparently resulted from pressure brought by a “social media” group intolerant of Mars Hill’s reported “old fashioned” theology about marriage, among other things.

I’m not a member of Mars Hill, nor do I know any members. Many of their beliefs are not congruent with those I hold. I do know that they bought a beautiful historic church building that

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July
2nd

MARRIAGE: Justices on both sides got it wrong

The majority of the Supreme Court justices said the federal government had to recognize the legitimacy of gay marriages for the purpose of assigning federal benefits. The dissent argued the matter should be left to the political process at the state level: state legislatures or the people through the initiative process. Both are wrong.

Abraham Lincoln once observed, regarding slavery, that it is either right or wrong; if wrong, which he believed it was, it could not be made right by a court, a Congress, a state or the people.

Gay marriage is wrong by nature, and cannot be made

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June
28th

MARRIAGE: Court errs with decisions

The Supreme Court erred in its recent “same-sex” marriage decisions. It failed to consider principles that are more fundamental, namely: the “right of association” and the “right to define the particular conduct of associates.”

For instance, heterosexual couples, many milieus ago, defined their unique relationship as “the union of one man and one woman” and named it “marriage.” All cultures maintained this definition sacrosanct since time immemorial.

Persons in other forms of relationships adopted different names: partners, civil unions, Apaches, Masons, Elks, Mormons. No one ever thought of forming a new association (legal, cultural, commercial, religious, tribal or otherwise) and

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June
28th

MARRIAGE: Religious objections are bogus

Marriage as a religious issue is just plain bogus. When I last checked, civil marriages are still available at the local justice of the peace. I’m also sure there is no reason needed to marry, like: “Are you marrying for love?” or “Do you feel this is mandated by God?” or “Are you atheists?” or “Is this for purposes of procreation?” etc. It becomes a case of “who knows, who cares?” I’m sure most of us hope it is love they feel for each other.

In most Protestant churches I’m familiar with, if a married couple comes to a church,

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June
27th

MARRIAGE: God’s definition is the right one

The pre-eminent destroyer of morality and religious freedom is the Supreme Court of the United States.

But I take solace that God stands above the Supreme Court. His opinion on marriage has not changed, nor is he confused in the least simply because judges and lawmakers decide to reinvent and corrupt the gift of marriage into something it cannot be to satisfy the lusts of the amoral.

Homosexual “marriage” is an idea manufactured by mere man, not God. Intentionally raising children without a father and a mother is a human concept, not God’s. That is why opposition to marriage transformation

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May
8th

MARRIAGE: State wrong to punish florist

Re: “No rosebuds for discriminating against gay customers” (editorial, 5-8).

It is reasonable for the state to expect retailers to sell their goods to the general public without regard to the ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation of their customers. It is not reasonable to expect vendors to provide goods or services for events that are inconsistent with their goals or values.

Independent contractors have the right to choose the conditions under which they work and the venues where they display their products. While Arlene’s Flowers is a retail shop, the owner is acting as a contractor when she

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