To "Stewwie": I find it interesting to hear Republican lawmakers say that everybody has health insurance, just go to the ER when you're sick. Yet, there appear to be many Republicans (as I am fairly confident you are, given the empathy deficit on parade) who are eager to hang the term "freeloader" on anyone who would take the advice of congressional Republicans.
To "conservative": It's a sad but indisputable fact that Hitler identified himself as a christian.
In a city the size of Chattanooga, 14,000 votes cannot be called a "resounding" mandate. With a fundamentalist church on every corner (and two in between) it appears that most of Chattanooga's conservative christians failed to vote. At best, this was a puny victory for Mark West & Co.
Above all, you need to read David's column. It's no particular secret that many of the most evil events in history can be traced to the curse of religious fervor. The intolerance and intransigence of the narrow world-view from which all fundamentalists operate guarantees there will be no end of it. One need not be religious at all to recognize the faces of evil or find them abhorrent. I recommend you read Scott Pecks' book, "People of the Lie." It's quite an eyeopener.
Andrew: I'm sure Jesus would have been an exemplary gun owner. Unfortunately, Ronald Westbrook didn't knock on his door that night. Our well-armed vigilante culture will only ensure a perpetual roll call of the "accidentally" killed. Your analysis of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman encounter is also skewed: Trayvon Martin, unarmed, was defending himself from a man who was stalking him with a gun. What's so hard to understand about that? Please, God, someone will, eventually, prohibit GZ from ever owning another weapon.
I don't want the writers of the previous letters or any other know-nothing cohorts of Mark West voting on any aspect of my life. Not everything in this world is open to plebiscite. Imagine how long it would have taken to rid the south of Jim Crow laws had they been put to a vote. Would we really have been willing to wait another 40 years for the majority of southern racists to have some sort of moral epiphany? It's obvious that there are many who have not yet experienced that blinding moment.
No. This will be decided by the courts, state by state, as all the same-sex marriage bans approved by vote are declared unconstitutional. The tide will not be turned.
To conservative: The word "homosexual" was not coined until the 1850s (Commom Era, I might add) and as such, its inclusion in any version of the bible makes the scholarship behind said version highly questionable. But, I have the feeling that you are not concerned with the integrity of the various versions of a book for which there are no original sources. If you consider this to be a defense of "human" scholarship, I would counter that the concept of the "inerrancy of scripture" is an equally human concept that was foisted on scripture in the 1800s, by people, I might add, who were in no scholarly position to asset such a dubious claim.
Andrew: Syria doesn't want Jesus, and you need medication, fast.