published Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

'Libya leaders abuse Muslim Sharia law' and more letters to the editors

Libya leaders abuse Muslim Sharia law

At first, whenever I heard anything about the revolutions in the Arab Spring, in particular in Libya, I would be overjoyed. I felt proud that the Libyan people were finally (escaping) the tyrannical reign of Gadhafi. But now that Gadhafi is dead, we all have to see how the Libyans will take to running their own government.

When I found out that Libya's interim government has announced that "Sharia Law" will govern the country, I was devastated. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I know that Sharia law emphasizes the separation of mosque and state. How ironic could it be that they are, like other "Muslim" countries, running their government with a religious law code that says that it should not be used in state government.

This common misconception among Muslims also causes them to abuse this Sharia law and use it to justify acts that are oppressive, especially to women, and completely un-Islamic.

Yes, Gadhafi's death freed Libyan citizens after 42 years of oppression. But, is the government to come just the start of another era of tyranny? We can only hope and pray that it is not.

NAJIA HUMAYUN


Comcast service is the worst ever

I recently downgraded my service with Comcast Cable to basic. It took three days, speaking to a representative in Florida, Mississippi and Mexico to get this done with each one quoting a different monthly amount.

I am now in the process of setting up an online account which seems to be impossible. I have set up accounts may times and have no problem reading instructions. Even talking to representatives, I have been switched from one to another without getting any help.

I must say their customer service is the worst I have ever dealt with.

IRIS POORE

Chickamauga, Ga.


Obama rating beats GOP and Congress

Republicans, spurred on by tea partiers, insist that demanding the multi-rich be denied their enormous extra tax cuts would be a job killer. If this was true, where are the jobs they were to create?

If the enormous stimulus given to the multi-rich oil tycoons was to increase drilling in America and make us less dependent on foreign oil and lower gas prices "at the pump," where is the cheap gas?

If the editor and the rest of the tea party Republicans can support a more "equal" tax code, and ex-Gov. Mitt Romney, who the religious right has dubbed his Morman church a cult, they can bring hypocrisy to a new level.

The Congress -- of which our Sens. Alexander and Corker are members -- recently voted not to support a bill to rebuild the country's infrastructure that would have created much needed jobs.

A leading Republican, South Carolina's Sen. Lindsey Graham, strongly supports rebuilding the infrastructure in Libya.

No wonder the Congress has a whopping 11 percent approval rating and 71 percent of Americans say Republicans do not have a clear plan for creating jobs.

Compared to these poll numbers, President Obama's 41 percent approval numbers look pretty darn good.

DON MYERS

Hixson


Next step: Occupy the elected offices

The Occupation of Chattanooga's City Council Nov. 1, 2011, set a historic benchmark for political reformers.

The council rejected Occupy Chattanooga's request for a place to protest the corrupting influence of monied interests in government. So the Occupiers started protesting 24 hours a day from the council lawn.

The next City Council Meeting is 6 p.m. tonight (Nov. 8) at 1000 Lindsey St.

Now Occupiers are considering the end game of occupy. They keep asking our politicians to stop giving our assets to the elite and selling us down the river to our corporate predators. They just get ignored and demonized.

Too many of the politicians and their cronies rely on the gravy train of corporate welfare, subsidies, sweet real estate deals and cushy contracts.

We've got to replace these bubbas with honest citizens, and demand true representation by our peers. And the puppeted party system will only produce the usual suspects.

The end game of Occupy is to Occupy Public Office ourselves. Aren't you more qualified than a corrupt, career politician?

This is our government. These are our streets, police, courts, parks, City Hall and tax dollars. Occupying the elected offices should be our next benchmark.

LANA SUTTON


Editorials tell only half-truths

An editorial ("Don't abandon rule of law," Nov. 7) piqued my interest. I decided to do a little research to see just how "unlawful" our current president has been compared to former presidents.

Well, darn ... He needs to pick it up with those executive orders, or he will never catch up with George W. Bush's 291 total. It seems this is a standard practice for sitting presidents but as usual, your right-sided, half-truth editorials only tell right-sided half-truths.

SALLY COOK

Hixson


'Warming' notion a fraudulent ruse

The front page article ("Global warming gases set record") by alarmist AP journalist Seth Borenstein on Nov. 4 is filled with downright scary information about heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Although the text of the article carefully does not mention global warming (aka, green house gas effect, climate change, climate disruption, etc.) being caused by an increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide, the frightening implication is very clearly there.

The article however does allude to "climate change." It would make Al Gore and his disciples proud. The only problem is that there has been no "global warming" for over a dozen years.

In 2009, there were 31,000 scientists who publicly dissented with the IPCC position on carbon dioxide and global warming. The whole anthropogenic warming/climate change notion is clearly a well orchestrated and very expensive fraudulent deception.

Perhaps editors of the Times Free Press and AP would do us all a favor by reining in the obviously biased and deceptive journalism that Borenstein exemplifies.

ROBERT CHILDRESS

Sewanee, Tenn.

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sandyonsignal said...

Earth to Robert Childress: increases in CO2 gases create a greenhouse effect otherwise known as global warming or ocean warming. The planet is in serious trouble because the burning of fossil fuels.

Please name names and provide these 31000 scientists you say, who dissented on climate change. You can't or maybe you just can make up stuff. Times Free Press should demand evidence before printing such lies.

November 8, 2011 at 7:08 a.m.
lumpy said...

Two words why nobody takes the concept of man made global warming seriously, Al Gore. You're frauds motivated by political ambitions and you know it.

November 8, 2011 at 7:31 a.m.
bookworm said...

Robert: Maybe you need to re-read your Bible. In Genisis God gave man dominian over the earth and birds and fishes --- something to that effect. Also, there just might be an acute shortage of earth-like available planets out there in the universe. So do you think the Almighty intended for man to be in denial concerning Earth's care? Also: Ever hear of the ICE AGE when Neanderthals lived? It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

November 8, 2011 at 9:40 a.m.
librul said...

The christian bible is a crude tribal fairy tale that along with the rest of its trappings and its cousins judaism and islam have collectively held human intellectual and scientific development back 1500 years. A lost millenium, millions tortured and killed, science stunted, needless wars fought - some blessing!

November 9, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
Boldness said...

Oh my Sandyonsignal, you are desperate! Suggest you get off the algorian cool aid. Actually there are 31,487 dissenting scientists. Please check out http://www.petitionproject.org/signers_by_last_name.php?run=all. Here is another interesting bit of info for you: A very recent survey from the Times Free Press with 1,477 respondents (at last check) showed that that 80% were NOT concerned about man made"global warming" (or "climate change" or "climate disruption" or whatever the latest catch phrase happens to be). Now if you are really interested seeking the truth, put Professor William Happer into a search engine. Happer occupies an endowed chair in physics at Princeton. He writes very well and succinctly about this. Remember, question with boldness. The truth has no agenda.

November 12, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
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