published Monday, August 5th, 2013

U.S. following Europe’s lead in lack of faith and other letters to the editors

U.S. following Europe’s lead in lack of faith

If one is reasonably observant in reading about or visiting Western European countries today, he will become aware that there is little, if any, evidence of weekly Christian worship services. This is true whether it be in the great cathedrals or in the small community churches. For centuries Western Europe was the keeper, defender and well-spring of the Christian faith.

Most Europeans today apparently know nothing of the joys and contentment of salvation through faith in Christ. Instead of enjoying themselves in worshipping the living God, they are using up their energy and resources chasing other gods of their choosing — gods that can provide them with nothing but disappointment and loss.

Inside these buildings today the profound silence gives one the sense of utter desolation. With the thousands of empty, silent places of worship it becomes obvious that Europe today is a vast spiritual wasteland.

Should we be alarmed? American conduct today is making and — often surpassing — the behavior of Europeans a century ago in rejecting God’s Word.

KENNETH W. SIMONDS


Fleischmann isn’t fooling anyone

“Got to get back to work,” Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said before boarding a flight to Washington last Tuesday, according to David Cook’s Wednesday column. But what is he working on? Not, apparently, a new lock at the Chickamauga Dam.

Fleischmann didn’t attend President Obama’s Amazon appearance. But like a kid explaining that the dog ate his homework, he did have a comment on the stalled lock project: “In his past two budgets the president has completely cut all funding to the Chickamauga Lock ...”

Translation: It’s not my fault.

Since all revenue bills originate in the House, what’s stopping Fleischmann from lobbying for increased funding needed to resuscitate the lock project? For example, the barge industry favors increasing the barge fuel tax, thereby providing more money into projects like the Chickamauga Dam.

But having signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax increase pledge, thus anointing himself as a loyal “Norquistador,” the congressman won’t support the fuel tax increase. Despite Fleischmann’s whiny effort to blame Obama for the stalled dam project, who does he think he’s fooling?

To borrow a phrase Texans use to describe incompetence, Fleischmann strikes me as “all hat and no cattle.”

MICHAEL LOFTIN


Free Press editorial headline distasteful

The headline of your editorial of July 30 (Take your job plan and shove it, Mr. President) was in extremely poor taste. You may disagree with his policies, but as president of the United States, Obama deserves a reasonable degree of respect.

I hope the headline was not indicative of how the editor felt about the civility of the people of Chattanooga.

DR. JOHN R. DICKINSON


Owner’s rights should be respected

Owner’s rights are poorly understood by those who wish to force their way in. Rather, such owners are accused of some subversive or dark motive for such maintenance.

The founder of Bea’s Restaurant came under fire during the so-called civil rights movement when they maintained their owner’s rights. And while the grandchildren wish to appear more cosmopolitan and highly educated, it is ironic and I say providential that they also maintained their owner’s rights.

Owner’s rights are perpetual because they are built upon the eternal foundation: Thou shalt not covet. “If any man build upon this foundation wood, hay and stubble, the day of fire will reveal it.”

Owners don’t force their way in, either by law or media charm. They have the last word. “This is mine.”

JUNE GRIFFIN, Dayton, Tenn.


Johnson’s headline deserves kudos

Kudos to Drew Johnson for telling it like it is with our inept, incompetent and bumbling president. His right-on headline deserves commendation rather than firing.

Obama is an empty suit, a spent man and cannot fix a sandwich let alone our nation’s myriad problems. Aside from the 9-11 attack on our nation, his election — twice — to be our leader is the most incredible event in my life’s 70 years.

Whether we can stand three more years of his failures and vacations remains to be seen.

FELTON HUDSON, Signal Mountain

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soakya said...

Just curious, do all head of states deserve the respect of their people?

August 5, 2013 at 12:37 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

KENNETH SIMONDS, I wish that we really did follow Europe's lead when it comes to religion. Unlike America, it is not so populated with fundamentalist idiots trying to insert their archaic beliefs into the mainstream and into their politics. They do not waste nearly the precious time we do, having to argue with morons who deny the overwhelming evidence of evolution and cling to the childish belief that the earth is only 6000 - 8000 years old; or who think that their God has given them "dominion" over the earth, which in their mind is the right to rape and pollute the environment and drain it of its precious resources in the name of capitalism, which they also think somehow is a dictate of their God - to make a profit at the expense of people and natural, finite resources.

I also wish we could take the lead of those Europeans who have the good sense and the decency to realize that health care is not a privilege only for wealthy but a right for all people, regardless of one's income or lack thereof. But no, we have to deal with a massive number of selfish, conscienceless jerks who not only reject universal health care for every citizen but they vote 40 times (40 times!) to repeal the only feeble attempt at increasing health care for the uninsured to come along since the creation of Medicare in 1965.

There have been many polls taken over the years that gauge a country's "happiness" quotient and practically every Western European country easily tops America. But the flag waving Bible thumping crowd doesn't understand how anyone can be happy unless that happiness comes from "salvation through faith in Christ." We truly are a nation that is rotting from within but it's not because we are following Europe's lead in becoming more secular and more humane. It's because we have too many knuckle dragging Bible thumpers like yourself, Mr. Simonds, doing everything they can to hold us back, trying to insist on this being a "Christian" nation.

August 5, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

JUNE GRIFFIN, it is fine and dandy to say "this is mine" if you own a house or a car and you get to decide who you want to entertain or to take for a ride, or you're a kid who just bought a new baseball and you decide who you want to play catch with. But if you're a business person entering into the market place of free enterprise you are bound by certain regulations and laws of the land that guarantee that all law abiding citizens have access to that place of business. As passionate as some people were, before the era of civil rights, about the sanctity of "this is mine," most reasonable people today don't even have to think twice about the inhumanity of denying service to someone based on skin color or any other personal bias or bigotry of the store owner - the injustice of it is obvious to most reasonable people.

Leave it to someone like you, as well as many libertarians and teabaggers, to keep trying to sing the praises of "this is mine!" You want to be picky about who you have over for a dinner party or who you take for a ride in your car? Great! But you want to open a business and then say that certain people, no matter if they're law abiding and civil and decent in all outward respects, cannot shop there? Sorry, but their right to shop there trumps your "this is mine" philosophy. It's the law of the land. And it's a good, fair, reasonable law. Deal with it or stay home and don't go into business in the first place.

August 5, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.
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