published Saturday, June 29th, 2013

'Blame sits squarely on Cee Lo's shoulders' and more letters to the editors

Blame sits squarely on Cee Lo's shoulders

Kudos to Janet Minniear for an excellent letter placing blame for vulgar language where it belongs, i.e., on Riverbend performer Cee Lo Green. I am disappointed in the Free Press opinion page for urging us to accept this filth in a Riverbend setting. If a similar person bursts forth in a Walmart store, are we to accept it there also?

BERNARD COOMBES, Hixson


Legalization of drugs is logical solution

A recent letter writer is really missing the point in his rant about "liberals" creating drug dealers. The fact is humans have used mind-altering drugs as long as we have been on the planet.

The only choice we have is how people obtain these substances. In our current model of prohibition, they are provided by criminals who will sell drugs of unknown purity to anyone with the money to buy, including our kids. So, in effect, prohibition created the black market and dealers. I do not believe the liberals were responsible for prohibition.

It was more likely created by well-meaning uptight religious people who thought they were going to save the world from the dangers of drugs. The writer and those like him need to use some reason and realize the only solution is to legalize and regulate all drugs -- to save our children.

DAVE LANE, Santa Cruz, Calif.


Holes in evolution theory raise questions

In response to the June 24 letter about evolution: Evolution theory is getting to be more prevalent but there are some areas that still need some clarification. My understanding of the evolutionary theory is that it started with the Big Bang. Using this assumption makes me wonder where, within the myriads of uncountable galaxies, did the explosion take place? Also, what material caused the explosion, and from where did the material come? The same question could be asked about where the glob that crawled from the ocean started its existence?

Your notes are seemingly scientifically documented. Well, here is a surprise. The life (and death/resurrection) of Jesus also was well documented with 300-plus predictions over more than a thousand years which He fulfilled perfectly. Can your evolutionary theory foretell with such accuracy?

Do you know what is in your future? Followers of God are quite comfortable with what they know awaits them.

JIM ORRISON, Cleveland, Tenn.


Crash information hidden by government

Recent reports of the FBI interfering in NTSB plane crash investigations is not new. Since at least the early 1970s the FBI has had a special unit that has authority to go in and take charge in accident investigations where pertinent information is left out of NTSB final reports.

Some of these were investigated while Chattanooga's own Jim Hall was head of the NTSB. This just shows how unforthcoming our government is to correct facts.

RAY PRATER JR.

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daytonsdarwin said...

JIM ORRISON, Cleveland, Tenn. wrote : "The life (and death/resurrection) of Jesus also was well documented with 300-plus predictions over more than a thousand years which He fulfilled perfectly. Can your evolutionary theory foretell with such accuracy?

Do you know what is in your future? Followers of God are quite comfortable with what they know awaits them."

Where's the documentation? Where's the evidence? Where's the proof of god? Where's Waldo?

Which god? There's been at least 3000 different gods since recorded history. God is the generic term for some type of imaginary divinity so please be specific.

You understanding of the law of evolution is non-existent. Listening to Ernest Angley, Billy Graham, Mike Huckabee,and Jimmy Swaggert as to science is laughable. This is why creationism and intelligent design are not science but myths. There's no place in science for belief in myths as reality.

The prophecies of the Bible are no more true than the prophecies of Nostradamus. But gullible people will believe nearly anything whether it's fortune tellers, psychics, children of Medjugorje, Pat Roberson, and faith healers (still can't understand why those faith-healers never heal amputees).

The same fate that followers of any god await to those who don't subscribe to superstitions and religious mumbo-jumbo is this — death. You'll return to the same state of nothingness that existed before you were born. No heaven, no hell, nothingness. That's all folks. Want to spend your short time listening to and believing religious crazies?

Live your life and enjoy the wonders of existence today. There's no need of gods, devils, demons, and angels to have a life of meaning that you create. To live in fear of imaginary deities is a shameful waste of life.

Repent of your ignorance, baptize yourself in the experience of life, die to the fairy-tales and myths that bring fear and strife, and resurrect your human spirit of your birthright to participate in life.

June 29, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.
jesse said...

By reading Orrisons post you see just how ignorant he is about Physics, the big bang and science in general!

He needs to take the time to educate himself and THEN come back and raise some rational issues!(not likely!)

June 29, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Keep on with your unbelief DarwinDayton. There were many people who experienced a real resurrection and were willing to die rather than deny it. Go read about the Roman Empire's persecution of...dare I even mention that unpopular word Christians...well I just did. It was not until people started worshiping themselves, reason, and all the scientific stuff, some of which has never been proven, that so much dispute arose over the Christian faith. For any objective observer, it takes as much, if not more faith, to believe the THEORY of Evolution in its entirety as it does to believe the non-CNN confirmed beliefs of Christianity. But you keep on notbelieving in anything but yourself and human potential. One day, sadly, you will find where that leads. You have that freedom. But watch YOUR judgmentalism in that last paragraph. OH wait...I am sure you will blame that on the Christians too just like Nero convinced the Roman people the Christians set fire to the city during his reign!(WINK)

June 29, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"There were many people who experienced a real resurrection"

Who are they? Anybody we know? Dead and then back to life? That's one miraculous BS story you've got going.

Five-lined skinks can regenerate their tails after a predator or accident removes it. Yet, God can't seem to grown another arm or leg for amputees. Shouldn't you be worshiping skinks instead of gods? Lizard 1, gods 0 on the scoreboard.

" For any objective observer, it takes as much, if not more faith, to believe the THEORY of Evolution in its entirety as it does to believe the non-CNN confirmed beliefs of Christianity."

Science doesn't deal in faith; it works with evidence. Go back to school and learn basic science. You won't find science in the Bible.

" But you keep on notbelieving in anything but yourself and human potential. One day, sadly, you will find where that leads."

It will lead to reason, to secularism, to eliminating belief in imaginary characters like gods, devils, and Porky Pig.

Please have some evidence of gods besides a poorly written book of superstitious goat herders and delusional saviors.

June 29, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"For any objective observer, it takes as much, if not more faith, to believe the THEORY of Evolution in its entirety as it does to believe the non-CNN confirmed beliefs of Christianity" - L4L

What nonsense! It does not take "faith" to believe the soundness of the theory of evolution. It takes logic, objectivity, and common sense. Sure, there are gaps that still remain and there are as yet many unanswered questions, but with every new discovery that is made, the theory has not once been invalidated or weakened but strengthened and built upon. You children who cling to your fairy tales can't seem to get it through your pathetically deluded minds that a scientific theory is not just a supposition or wishful thinking but a verifiable explanation of natural events or phenomena that is supported by recurrent scientific evidence. We believe in the theory of evolution, just like we believe that the sun is going to rise in the East each morning, not because of faith but because there is solid EVIDENCE to support that belief. Faith, on the other hand, is the desperate clinging to a nonsensical belief that is not supported by the evidence and is in fact contrary to the laws of nature and the findings of recorded history and science.

"But you keep on not believing in anything but yourself and human potential. One day, sadly, you will find where that leads. You have that freedom."

Yes indeed we have that FREEDOM. It is truly liberating to come to the realization that there is no sky daddy who is jealously and sadistically demanding that we love and obey him and believe in strict accordance with what he stipulates. How sad it must be for you not to feel free to let your mind open up and explore the many wonders of this world and the universe, being captive to the silly notion that you must hang on to one narrow, boringly two-dimensional, ridiculously implausible explanation for life and the cosmos. You deny the truth that is in front of your very nose and you dare not look life square in the eye because your fear of your own mortality is so terrifying to you. And that is the only reason people cling to Christianity or any religion for that matter - they are afraid and they want to think they are going to live forever.

June 29, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
una61 said...

All plants and animals that exist today are the result of 3.5 billion years of natural selection. Sadly, many adults cannot overcome their childhood indoctrination with the myths of Genesis. Worse, churches continue to indoctrinate impressionable children with these myths. They are simply stories written by men to illustrate God's wrath against unbelievers and have no factual or historical basis. When will church leaders display the intellectual courage to publicly admit this?

June 29, 2013 at 3:11 p.m.
jesse said...

Preachers,for the most part, don't believe it either BUT they get paid to shear the sheep! They are insurance salesmen! It's their JOB!

That mexican lookin T.V. preacher used to have a 60ft.sea ray boat at island cove marina! Thats a 2 million dollar boat and he drove a 100,000 dollar car to get to his boat!!He partied down just like everybody else on Captivia dock! Preachers make more money than doctors and lawers combined!!

June 29, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
klifnotes said...

jesse said... Preachers make more money than doctors and lawers combined!!

And they like to screw around with their flock too. Especially the young ones:

complex . com

A South Carolina minister could face the wrath of the law and the lord for allegedly telling underage girls that the sex acts he performed on them would keep them from getting pregnant. Larry Durant, minister at Word International Ministries in Sumter would organize "private prayer" lessons where he would allegedly tell girls that his perverted actions would keep them from liking other girls and catching sexual diseases.

The investigation began in May, and police are unsure how many girls the 58-year-old violated

June 29, 2013 at 10:08 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

A man at work received a phone call from his wife.

"Honey," she said. "The preacher is here and he wants me to cook him some fried chicken."

Now the husband had been working in the carpet mill for 15 years. Every day he sweated, strained, and worked his butt off to provide for his wife and kids.

Here's this fancy dressed, Cadillac-driving preacher wanting his wife to cook him fried chicken while he's sweating like a muskrat in a steel trap just to barely keep food on his own table. He was mad.

"Screw that preacher!" he said.

She said, "Honey, I did, but he still wants some fried chicken."

That's what I think about those prosperity preachers and their Biblical BS — the whole damn lot of them.

June 29, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
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