published Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Devil can't beat the righteous and other letters to the editors

Devil can't beat the righteous

Many say where was God when the devil entered the Connecticut school Friday (Dec. 14) and killed so many beautiful, innocent children and dedicated teachers? Well, the government kicked Him out of schools, out of government buildings, out of our military, and introduced evil, abominations, a society of greed, hate, adulterers, lust, vengeance, liars, filth and abortions in place of love, faith, hope, righteousness, modesty, grace, knowledge, wisdom, compassion and diligence. But, don't worry, the devil can't conquer the righteous, innocent and believers.

REDGIE C. CAMP, Dunlap, Tenn.


Jobs at Walmart better than many

Walmart hires a lot of people. I worked for Walmart twice as my second job. I worked in four factories and I preferred Walmart; my Walmart pay was better. I worked 80-100 hours per week (factory and Walmart).

Our country harmed our own by outsourcing our jobs! I worked at an auto supplier company 24 years while working at Walmart. The pay and job was better at Walmart.

The customers at Walmart signed our paychecks. Our second and third shift at Walmart consisted of college students and people working two jobs.

I paid federal taxes, state taxes, Social Security, medicare, drug and dental insurance, and, being single, I paid more than my fair share!

ERMA SUE CARR, Cleveland


Filth and violence are all around us

Why are we killing our kids and raping each other? Go to the movie theater and look at the top five movies.

Look at all the filth, violence, murder, rape and filthy language. Then go home and turn on the TV and see the same thing. Listen to the most popular rap songs and hear what they say. And finally, play the top five video games; what violence, filth and trash.

I know you don't want to hear about God, so just tell me how all this filth, violence and trash cannot enter into a young person's life. Continue to support all this immoral trash and you deserve this filthy violent country. And don't run to God and fall on your knees in prayer when things go terribly wrong.

JERRY PLACE, Rossville, Ga.


Moderate gun control needed

A bit of advice to conservatives from a gun-loving liberal: Before you weigh in on this latest tragedy, take a moment to consider: if you continue in your refusal to let this debate occur, by closing it down with hyperbole and vitriol the moment the word 'gun' leaves the lips of someone you don't share a political philosophy with, you will be doing more damage to the tradition of gun ownership in this country than any politician or liberal voter.

Phantom gun-snatching Democrats cannot harm the 2nd Amendment; the NRA very much can. Every time you respond to a call for reasonable (not total) gun control with a childish "Ban fists and feet too!," every time you repost a misleading Facebook status, every time you simply hand-wave away the fact that no other weapon is so lethal, swift, and above all easy to resort to as a gun, you are assuring that when the inevitable addressing of gun violence in America does occur, it will be the worst sort of unreasonable overreach of concentrated power.

You are authoring your own totalitarian nightmare. Reasonable, moderate gun control now, or fear-mongering and total weapons bans later; take your pick.

WES SMITH


Nation's changes not for the better

In light of school violence, local and national, where have we gone wrong?

We grew up with class opening with prayer, Bible readings, and the Pledge, all in public school! Why did we sit back and see that taken away?

Our teachers were strict; our parents stricter. We respected authority and our elders. We were not angels, yet we knew right from wrong. And all the while, every family owned a gun.

America has changed today and not for the better. As a society, violence has become an accepted outcome.

I urge our county leaders to step up and provide the sheriff and local law enforcement the means to protect all of our students. I urge local pastors to step up and work more with schools to ensure prayer is getting in schools. We are a great nation and a proud people. Let's not lose that. May God still bless our nation.

PERRY PERKINS, Apison


Gun by itself can't commit a crime

Why do supposedly well-educated people not realize that no gun can -- of itself -- commit any crime? The weapon is, inherently, a lifeless, inanimate object as is a billiard ball or cue-stick lying on the billiard table.

People kill people -- as Cain killed Abel -- before the invention of the gun. Clubs were common weapons in their day. Knives became common, then bows and arrows, and stones and brickbat -- all inanimate objects used by "perpetrators" to commit murder -- but none were outlawed or considered capable of committing a crime.

I've personally owned many weapons over the past 70 years, and none of them have committed a crime while in my inventory/possession. In this current day I feel a need to have a weapon ready to repel any home invasion effort or other threat to my wife or myself. I might use a weapon to protect the home/property of a neighbor from a criminal. An unloaded weapon is as useless to me as if it were on display in some gun shop.

WILLIAM P. CORBIN (USN Retired) Crossville, Tenn.


Make a difference in a child's life

Cultural decisions often have unintended consequences.

In 1965, the Supreme Court limited official prayer and Bible reading from schools. Previously, students were given a moral compass for life. Soon afterward, we saw an increase of glorifying violence in some song lyrics and entertainment. Babies became expendable under the disguise of "choice," only the baby didn't get a choice. Workplace violence became far too common, and now the lives of 20 precious children and six adults were tragically taken.

Gangs continue to ruin the lives of our youth, and far too many children have no father in their home to guide them into a productive adulthood. We have pushed God out of the public square, and the picture is often discouraging in our society.

So, what can we do? I have determined to do what Jesus did. He said, "Permit the children come to me; do not hinder them ..." Volunteer to mentor young people, teach Sunday school, help a single parent, become a foster parent, adopt, sponsor a child through Compassion International or other such organizations. Make a difference in the life of a child; one child is worth it all!

SANDY HARRIS, Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Ask again: 'What would Jesus do?'

I always have been intrigued by the slogan that young people adopted in the '70s. It simply asks, "What would Jesus do?" or "WWJD."

I have wondered how it would be if the members of Congress would apply this thinking to our national debt crisis.

Would Jesus encourage Congress to eliminate the super tax cut to millionaires, to balance the budget?

Would he cut programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid programs that are sorely needed by low to middle class Americans, especially those either in or soon to be in nursing homes?

Who would you be beholden to, a super lobbyist Grover Norquist or the man who walked this earth and taught us to help and feed the poor, aged and afflicted?

Ask yourself once again, "What would Jesus do?"

DON MYERS, Hixson

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

For the second time. Here it is again, let me explain: Nothing happens unless our Creator allows it to happen.

Since the first man and woman, billions and billions of people have sinned. These billions have each sinned multiple times over their collective lifetimes. The multiplicity would result in an astronomical number of sins. Multitudes of generations of people have come and gone.

Next:

No super computer on this earth could calculate even one generation's 'consequences' for these multiplicity of sins. Multiply this by billions of people, their sins, and the consequences of those sins. The numbers increase exponentially.

Our Lord Jesus Christ requires perfection through forgiveness of sins. Yet, He is Justice. It is certain that those who rebel against our thrice Holy God will experience consequences which are incalculable. His Justice is perfect, His consequences are perfect, as He is perfect. And He is not mocked. Actually, the mockers mock themselves! kwo

Science Finds God<<<

December 20, 2012 at 2:47 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Only certain states hold statistics that place them as having both:

1...Most 'liberal' drug laws.

2...Support of same sex unions. (another way of saying it: support of homosexual behavior.

Do Your homework. Which states have both key factors/distinctions? Which states are in the news more often? Just askin'. kwo

God Is Not Mocked<<<

December 20, 2012 at 3:11 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Redgie (sic),

I would normally have a rebuttal but what you said is just so insane and evil that I truly have no response. People like you should be incarcerated for life.

December 20, 2012 at 4:31 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

You aren't a piece of fecal matter. You are every piece of fecal matter from the beginning of time until the end. You are the sum total of all excrement personified. You are a loathsome, hollow- hearted mound of bile and puss masquerading as a human being. You are an emotionally tone-deaf, abominable travesty whose every post is as rotten as it is disingenuous. If there is one molecule of human decency in your entire body, I feel extreme pity for it.

December 20, 2012 at 4:35 a.m.
SICKofBS said...

I do not own any guns, have no need or desire to own a gun, yet I would never begrudge anyone the right to own a gun, within reason. But I would like to have this question answered reasonably and calmly and factually. What reason would anyone need to own and keep in their home any automatic or semi-automatic firearm? What reason would anyone need to possess in their home any ammunition that explodes on impact? Let me interject before this aspect is attempted to be argued. Yes, I agree law enforcement and military, possibly. But not kept in their home for personal use. For hunting possibly? NO!! That is not sportsmanship. To use weapons like that for hunting is a total abuse of the sport of hunting, no different that "juicing" for athletic competitions. So I ask again, what sane reason would ANYONE have for personal possession of automatic and/or semiautomatic firearms? If you can give a valid reason, then why not use a grenade launcher for hunting squirrel or rabbits? That's like lighting a cigarette with a flame thrower. I do not support a ban of personal owned firearms. I DO support a ban of semiautomatic and automatic firearms as well as high powered "explode of contact" ammunition for personal ownership and use. These items should ONLY be held by military and law enforcement personnel, and kept under strict control, checked out at the beginning of a shift and back in at the end.

December 20, 2012 at 5:53 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

"For the second time. Here it is again, let me explain: Nothing happens unless our Creator allows it to happen."

Then God is a mass murdered, rapist, pedophile, arsonist, and ignorant. Thanks for nothing, god.

"And He is not mocked. Actually, the mockers mock themselves!"

The beginnings of a tongue twister. How much muck could a man mocker muck if a mucker would mock man? Ask your god for the answer to that one, he's the big mocker mucker in religion. And a piss-poor father figure. What kind of father allows his children to be murdered? Ask the head mucker-mocker (but don't expect an answer; He's not listening).

"Our Lord Jesus Christ requires perfection through forgiveness of sins. Yet, He is Justice. It is certain that those who rebel against our thrice Holy God will experience consequences which are incalculable. His Justice is perfect, His consequences are perfect, as He is perfect."

He's a perfect myth. A perfect spoiled child, who, while doing parlor tricks, speaking in riddles, disrespects his parents, aloof, never laughs never smiles, demands hate from his followers towards parents and family, and demands worship like a petty dictator,lets children die horrible deaths, allows torture in his name, and is as delusional as his old man. Some savior, just a chip off the old mythological trinity.

Jerry Place says, "Look at all the filth, violence, murder, rape and filthy language."

Read the Bible Jerry. God allowed his followers to do all that. Yes, that grand old man of paranoia let's His people do all those things. Why, because it glorifies God and shows His love! What a really good guy that God is. I'd prefer He not love me considering his nuttiness. He makes Charles Manson look sane.

Of course, the Bible was written by men, created by men for their political power purposes, and is as divine, inspired,and believable as an Anton Kutcher movie.

So Happy Holidays to All, a Fabulous Festivus for the Rest of Us, a Joyous Winter Solstice, and Keep the Merry and Dump the Myth.

December 20, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

SICKofBS,

The greatest weapon of mass destruction (possibly) here among us now is.......is.......

The Fuel Tanker Truck/Tractor Trailer! Then, to narrow that down, take a look at fertilizer explosives, Molotov cocktails; easy stuff. Most lethal. Shall we ban fuel tanker trucks? Different people own different weapons for different reasons. Hey, some folks collect fossils, Ripley's Believe It or Not stuff. I would hope & pray that nobody would ever have an 'evil' reason for possessing any weapon. True Democracy means allow people freedom. kwo

December 20, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Wrong again, Orr. The greatest weapons of mass destruction have been imaginary gods, their prophets, and true believers. Those followers of religious orthodoxy who always find reasons to hate, persecute, and kill the heathens (which is everybody but their sect).

Preaching hate, intolerance, original sin, the doctrine of chosen people, and religious dogma as fact has been the greatest threat to humanity and remains so.

December 20, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

daytonsdarwin,

I know and have felt almost everything you have said about YHWH. Believe me, I can identify with you. It all seems so horrible at times. I do ask, "Is This Love?". Yet, I continue to believe that my mind cannot explain (comprehend) things like, 'What is seeming making everything work between earth and a galaxy 13 Billion light years away from us?' Quite a lot of stuff can happen in a space like that. So, I say, "He's still God, and, I'm still not."

When I think about Daytonsdarwin, or, whoever else I may be thinking about, I say, "I know I love that person because I don't want them to suffer here, or, in the hereafter." Conversely, I want them experiencing the greatest life that life itself could ever offer...in the here, and, hereafter. I choose Christianity because it makes more sense to me than any other religion. I don't want anyone harmed, no, not ever. kwo

December 20, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

"Yet, I continue to believe that my mind cannot explain (comprehend) things"

Humans can comprehend many things. Humans can understand that no loving god would give children cancer or let tragedies like the Newtown Massacre or the Oklahoma City Bombing happen. The god of the Bible is demonstrably fake.

"I choose Christianity because it makes more sense to me than any other religion."

And no religion makes more sense than religion. You are weak-minded and scared. You accept religion because you are afraid of death. You have been brainwashed into believing in Hell/Heaven and you really don't want to go to Hell. It's sad that there are so many people like you in the world. You live a life full of lies and you are only a shell of a human being. It's truly sad. But I have no sympathy for you or anyone like you. You choose ignorance, fear, bigotry, hate, delusion, lies, and wishful thinking over the search for truth. You embrace it all and would go to the grave believing it. It's a travesty and I pity you.

December 20, 2012 at 9:46 p.m.
SICKofBS said...

Orr, your reasoning makes no sense at all. You know, you dont even deserve a response because you are too ignorant to reason with.

December 20, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Jesus was on Cherokee Blvd. last night using a payphone. 4th story down

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/12/20/240853/Police-Blotter-Woman-Has-Purse-Stolen.aspx

Just my luck I missed Him.

December 20, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.
raygunz said...

Seems like a lot of people want to go to heaven,but none of 'em want to die.

(Black Oak Arkansas)

December 21, 2012 at 12:35 a.m.
raygunz said...

daytonsdarwin,The Chattanoogan?? I went & had a look,what a sad bunch. But, I'm skeered!! Aint you skeered??

December 21, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Oh, I just about forgot.......

The country of Germany had my video slide show blocked from them by the Universal Music Group. Viewers in Germany would get a message: 'This video is not available in your country'. I didn't like that because I used a remix (Fair Use Authorized, i thought) of a Moody Blues song, 'Say It With Love'. So, I have found music that works with my video, and, which meets all intellectual copyright guidelines for the same. Please view this video regarding the wonderful service great newspapers like The Chattanooga Times Free Press provides for all of us. kwo

http://youtu.be/oqt2G9ywa2s

December 21, 2012 at 9:10 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Oh, I just about forgot.......

The country of Germany had my video slide show blocked from them by the Universal Music Group. Viewers in Germany would get a message: 'This video is not available in your country'.

That explains the mass suicides in Germany this morning. They couldn't take the loss of your "Tribute to Brokeback Mountain." Thankfully, you've cleared that up before more people died. I know Heath Ledger and Freddy Mercury are looking down from heaven in gratitude.

December 21, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Our Lord, God, and, Saviour Jesus Christ allowed us to learn of 'ahab which means love. The Holy Bible in Deuteronomy 6:5 states: "Love ('ahab) the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." King David was a Prophet of YHWH. He knew of that which is called an abomination and stench in the nostrils of YHWH, namely, homosexuality. Homosexuals (i'm not at all saying You are a homosexual) will always try to make everyone, label everyone, a homosexual. This makes them feel better, some way? One of the greatest of Biblical friendships was between King David and Jonathon. This friendship was one of 'ahab. And, as proven by all scriptural context this never, ever meant sexual love.

So, I would ask everyone to please, do not take something sacred and try to make it as filthy as what the Scripture says homosexual behavior is.Our Creator is watching. He sees, yes, He sees. kwo

December 25, 2012 at 9:34 p.m.
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