A column full of useless old data that wasn't adjusted for inflation.
Did you notice that, currently, the annual cost of essential phone and internet services runs about double the amount a family made in 1904?
I'll be grateful when corporations are held accountable and hard-working people reap more of the profits generated by their labor.
Thomas Rogers, I agree with you. As someone in a heterosexual marriage, I find nothing threatening about gay relationships. I don't see how those relationships would threaten me even if I weren't happily married. And, what does "freedom" mean if people are not allowed to be with whomever they love?
Peggy Cleveland, thank you for an intelligent and informative overview of other verses in the Bible. Why is it that so many self-proclaimed, but severely ill-informed, "Christians" make a laughing-stock of themselves and their religion? It's hard not to laugh at the mean-spirited haters who so clearly fail to understand the main tenets of the book they profess to live by.
A thoughtful column. I believe we are wise to look at what our own attitudes are doing to us, and ask which are really constructive in the long run.
Yes, Jimmy Hyma: "[T]he Bible and its teachings never change," even though human knowledge and society have advanced quite a lot over the last two millennia. Biblical folktales have not assimilated the rise of freedom and human rights, nor even the end of slavery. It can't teach what it doesn't know, which is quite a lot. Those who use it are often amiss in their interpretations, hypocritical while "instructing" others, and highly selective about which verses they choose to enforce.
William Godsey, it seems you think knowledge of science is a "radical agenda." Those who care about this planet and the creatures who live here (including humans) have become familiar with the facts over a period of years. We have also seen that the forecasts of climate change are materializing. Put your head in the sand if you want, but efforts to solve a global problem are far from being a "radical agenda."
Your letter is packed with lies. You should be ashamed of yourself. I'll give you the benefit of doubt and think you have two reasons to be ashamed: 1. for lying, and 2. for being so ill-informed that you don't know a lie from the truth.
Mr. Rose, what does "freedom" mean in America if people cannot live their lives as they wish with equality and justice?
No matter what religious fanatics say, LGBT people are still Americans under the Constitution, and deserve to live as they choose so long as they are not hurting others. The religious diatribes are based on ancient folk tales that were made up by mere humans, not "God."
Ignorance of the Bible, indeed. That starts with the widespread ignorance about how the Bible came to be. It is a collection of folk tales, all spun, and re-spun, by mere humans. None of it was written by "God." One might give as much credence to Grimm's fairytales or Mother Goose.
Nancy Smith, so you think the USA shouldn't show any compassion, even though we have the means to do so. That's an ugly side of this nation's psyche.