Letters to the Editor

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Tag: same-sex marriage

July
2nd

MARRIAGE: Defining Catholic teaching on marriage

Re: “Why religious leaders stick to their guns on homosexuality” (Your Voice, 6-28).

Rev. Donald Heinz gave an interesting point of view. Being a religious studies professor as well as a Lutheran minister, he must have considered these to be qualifying credentials to weigh in on what Catholicism teaches about marriage. We can all learn especially when information is complete.

What was disconcerting was his statement about Catholic teaching on marriage: “Hence all marital sex is about procreation.”

That is only half of what the Catholic Church teaches concerning marriage. Heinz conveniently left out the unitive dimension of conjugal love as

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June
29th

MARRIAGE: Still waiting for fire and brimstone

Wow, what a great sunrise we had. I am just a bit surprised it happened. From what some people are saying about God’s wrath after the ban on same-sex marriage was overturned, I expected fireballs, locusts and frogs. At the very least thunder and lightning, not golden rays.

I don’t see why anyone could be bothered by this. If two people are so happily in love they want to get married, that’s a good thing. More happy people enjoying freedom equally is good. If there is a God I think he or she would approve.

This doesn’t force you to

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June
29th

MARRIAGE: Sourpuss comments on a day of joy

Articles in The News Tribune about blood donations don’t include critical remarks from the Jehovah’s Witnesses spokespeople about their view of blood transfusions.

Articles about advancements for black Americans don’t feature unpleasant commentary from the White Citizens’ Council.

Stories about wind patterns and weather don’t have quotes from the Flat Earth Society.

But it seems like every article on gay rights must carry an obligatory statement from some conservative minister about the how gay marriage is a violation of God’s law. The comment from Arthur C. Banks, inserted into an article (TNT, 6-27) about the joy felt by so many

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June
29th

SUPREME COURT: The sky isn’t falling

I learned a long time ago to keep a safety helmet on hand for those times when the sky is falling.

What? The Supreme Court says same-sex couples can marry? Uh, oh! There goes democracy. The sky falling!

What? Obamacare is constitutional? Darn? A victory for Obama! The sky is falling!

What? States’ rights don’t prevail over individuals’ rights to vote, no matter the color of their skin? The sky is falling!

What? Women get to vote? That is against God’s will! The sky is falling!

What? The Earth really does circle the sun? I’m telling you, I need to

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June
29th

RELIGION: Minister off the mark on evangelicals

Re: “Why religious leaders stick to their guns on homosexuality” (Your Voice, 6-28).

Lutheran minister Donald Heinz apparently considers himself an authority on what evangelical Christians think, believe and say around our “ghettoized campfires,” apparently referring to our gatherings and the opinions expressed there.

I was not raised a Christian, but at 21 believed the gospel message of Christ and have never strayed from it or from regular church attendance over a span of 40-plus years. In all those years I can’t recall a sermon or even a conversation that implied homosexuals should be rejected as Heinz alleges.

On the

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April
29th

MARRIAGE: There’s irony in getting the state involved

Re: “What justices are really saying about gay marriage” (thenewstribune.com).

In his op-ed, Noah Feldman tells us about some of the things the U.S. Supreme Court justices are likely thinking as they address same-sex marriage.

One thing they are almost certainly mulling over is that for years, the church and married adults have cozied up to the government seeking a panoply of special rights and privileges. And so a raft of laws were passed benefiting married couples over unmarried adults.

In retrospect, many in the church might now regret involving the state in marriage at all, because now that the state’s

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April
13th

MARRIAGE: The left reveals its intolerance

Re: “Marriage equality war is one GOP can’t win” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-9).

The totalitarian mind lives on, always insatiable in its hunger for final solutions. On the subject of marriage equality, Pitts admonishes recalcitrant Republicans to “change your stand, or shut your mouth.”

Can there be a sentiment more chilling and abhorrent to an American citizen? That’s it? Bend your knee to the seeming majority will, or cower in the corner in silence?

All Americans have the right to fully utilize all the constitutional tools at their disposal to advocate their positions on any policy issue before the

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Feb.
24th

RIGHTS: Individual rights are being eroded

In regard to the florist who refuses sales to same-sex couples, it appears to me that an independent store owner should be able to refuse service to anyone, regardless of the reason.

Many stores had small signs posted near or on their counters or cash resisters that said exactly that: ”We reserve the right to refuse service.” No reason had to be forthcoming.

I’m not taking sides on the issue of gays, straights or somewhere in between. It’s an issue of personal choice. It’s another example of Americans losing our individual rights, one by one. It’s a sad day, and it will be an

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