published Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Smith commentary hits the mark and other letters to the editors

Smith commentary hits the mark

I would like to say thank you to Robin Smith for her commentary, "The war on compassion." Once again, Mrs. Smith has done an outstanding job of exposing an organization that has been given tax-exempt status by the federal government for many wrong reasons. There are many people who should know right from wrong, but organizations like the American Humanist Association confuse, deceive and corrupt the very morals of our society. Mrs. Smith stated, "The irony gets so thick a chain saw is needed." She was too kind. It is obvious the hypocrites within the American Humanist Association really do not care about humans at all. I examined their 2012 IRS form 990 and found that at the beginning of 2012 they had total assets of $4.9 million and at the end of the year $1.4 million. How many poor humans were fed out of that $3.5 million? The AHA claims they do "good without a god." I declare the truth, "There is no good without God." The war on compassion will continue because of these godless organizations and the federal government which continues to approve of these groups.

BEN BURKE


Gook luck to Clint Cooper

Many thanks to the newspaper for recognizing Clint Cooper's great talent and giving him the editorial post. My friends and I read every word of his faith stories for years. Clint is not only a gifted writer, but also well respected in our community as a gentleman of great family values. Thank you, Free Press! Like Mark Kennedy, Clint Cooper is one of our newspaper's greatest treasures!

BETTY LATHAM, Chattanooga


Vote on Nov. 4

The Republican Party backroom plotters have, indeed, authorized the abandonment of us conservative voters and empowered its Washington minions to assist in this destruction. This includes disassociation from the tea party, the very group which was responsible for the huge off-year victory in 2010. This victory was accomplished despite a Democrat majority in the Senate, complete ownership of the mainstream news media, domination of the Supreme Court, never-ending liberal verdicts from federal judges, and public lies emanating directly from the White House. Conservatives can take the Senate in this year's national elections and the presidency in 2016 if they will band together as they did in 2010. But this fear of liberalism must end, for liberals are outnumbered, yet they depend on the ignorant, uninformed, illegals, unions and those waiting for more handouts to keep them in power. Eric Holder will block any impeachment attempt, so the voting booth is our last resort on Nov. 4.

JOHN BERGEN


What about the working man?

Congratulations, Tennesseans, you have managed once again to bow to scaremongering and muckraking by our reactionary legislators both state and federal. This works council wanted by Volkswagen would have established a collaborative, inclusive plant organization between management and workers used successfully for years by every Volkswagen plant in the world! Rather than listening to Sen. Corker or our esteemed governor, business owners, who certainly wouldn't want any worker organization going on, should look to what has worked to make Volkswagen the success it is. To hear Bob Corker tell workers to look to Detroit for the way this would have worked, or to hear our state legislators threats regarding tax incentives, showed their true colors regarding who they represent. It certainly isn't the working man. Volkswagen seems to be the only entity that truly remained neutral in this whole exercise.

JOSEPH S. HODGIN, Cleveland, Tenn.


Protect institution of marriage

I seem to remember a time when a bride dressed modestly on her wedding day. No shoulders or cleavage showing -- her dress featuring a full flowing skirt, not a form fitting, tight gown which showed off her many curves. It was a testimony to her virgin state and wish to join in another state with the mate of her choice. There was dignity and grace in the occasion. One man, one woman. Nature does not provide any living creature with union with a member of its own sex. It is not productive, and takes the meaning of sex to another level. To co-habit with a member of one's own sex is fine -- to take a sacred ceremony like marriage to the level of union on all levels is an insult to nature and God. So says the Bible. For anyone to soil the true meaning of marriage in such a way is an indication of the lowering of morals and ethics so common in our society today. When you live in a society with rules, they are meant to be followed. I find it most disheartening for states to think the Constitution allows such immorality. One can "interpret" anything as he sees fit. The Supreme Court is taking us down the road to dangerous places. Heaven help our future generations!

PEARL RANDAZZO, Pikeville, Tenn.

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lkeithlu said...

I thought Robin Smith's column was misleading and incorrect. No wonder the TFP did not allow comments on it. Having public school students participate in a religious based activity is inappropriate, even if they are allowed to "opt out". These children can do such things as members of their own houses of worship.

Before one pisses and moans about the assets of the AHA, one should compare that to the assets of the average church organization (on a national level, to be fair). You will find that most churches operate in the billions.

February 22, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.
LibDem said...

If I recall correctly, First Baptist of Hixson spent 14 million on their media center.

February 22, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.
librul said...

America's public schools, like her government, are secular institutions. Only in such a state can ALL citizens and students operate on an equal basis. It is repugnant to American values upholding dignity and equality of ALL citizens for ANY faith group - big or small - to try to dominate or seek special treatment in public institutions. Knowledge is the enemy of dogma and has been recognized as such since humanity dragged itself out of the muck and mire of the Dark Ages when religion ruled supreme. Knowledge of that explains why there is such a war on science by today's religionists - it is telling them things that shine too much light on their delusions. Like Chris Hedges says - when the comfort of delusional thinking begins to be overwhelmed by reality, adherents begin to retreat into deeper magical thinking and exhibit more radical behavior.

As Arthur Shopenhauer stated in 1860: “Faith and knowledge are related as the two scales of balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down. . . . The power of religious dogma, when inculcated early, is such as to stifle conscience, compassion, and finally every feeling of humanity. . . . For, as you know, religions are like glow worms; they shine only when it's dark. A certain amount of ignorance is the condition of all religions, the element in which alone they can exist. ”

It's simple - delusion must yield to reality in the end.

February 22, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.

John Bergen, good points. The GOP, usually my party of choice, is lost and pathetic. They have no killer instinct. With the help of the Tea Party, and true conservatives, they won big in the 2010 mid-terms. So, what do they do? They try and destroy the people who delivered the victory for them. Instead of riding the momentum, they implode. The big babies in the party, the "brain trust", who represent the county club Republicans, like Karl Rove, don't want new blood because it'll upset the status quo. The status quo being Dems and GOP playing golf together, going to each other parties, the whole D.C. power elite. It's all one big entity. Both parties as they stand are destroying this country. Absolute fools, like McCain, love it the way it is.

February 22, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.
conservative said...

BEN BURKE

Since Ms. Smith seems to draw the ire of the seething heathen it was probably a good thing that comments were closed.

Just think, they read her column and could not respond.

February 22, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.
conservative said...

PEARL RANDAZZO, Pikeville, Tenn

Well said!

I hope you will participate more often.

February 22, 2014 at 9:19 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Of course, conservative. Like in many (particularly conservative) religious discussions, dissent is not tolerated. I notice that you did not address a single point.

I seem to remember a time when a bride dressed modestly on her wedding day. No shoulders or cleavage showing -- her dress featuring a full flowing skirt, not a form fitting, tight gown which showed off her many curves. It was a testimony to her virgin state and wish to join in another state with the mate of her choice

I'm sure that everyone checked to make sure the groom was also a virgin on his wedding day, right? What aspect of the groom's apparel symbolizes his "purity"?

February 22, 2014 at 10:12 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I wonder what the reaction of parents would have been if the students had been directed to a mosque for this food drive? I don't really need to wonder too hard about that.

Zableed, I truly hope you get your wish and there is an infusion of "new blood," i.e. more teabagging nitwits, into the 2014 elections. Nothing could hand those elections over to the Democratic Party more quickly or more assuredly. The voting public and the GOP (or at least a few but a growing number of the GOP) have wised up and recognized how detrimental and out of touch these dumbass extremists are, and the fact that you haven't wised up as well shows how out of touch YOU are with the pulse of the nation. Keep singing the praises of Ted Cruz and the other nut-jobs if you wish, but most people see them for the clowns they really are.

February 22, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
LibDem said...

Traditionally, lkeithlu, the groom indicates his virginity with a grin and a wink.

February 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.
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