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I was upset to see my brother’s name on list of homeless people

To The Daily Sun,

I was very upset to read the name of my brother included in the list of homeless people remembered in the Dec. 21 vigil in Veterans Square.

Steven Jacques was not homeless. He had lived in a two bedroom apartment on Union Avenue since October 2014. It was furnished by me and family members. All of his expenses for the full two years were also covered by the family. He was far from homeless.

"Lists" provided by charitable organizations should be verified accurate before being used.

Janet Stitt

Center Harbor

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Liberals embrace religious liberty for all under the law

To The Daily Sun,

What the heck is Steve Earle talking about? Liberals embracing Islam? This liberal is an atheist that sees all religions as reality denying ideologies and snake oil that is on par with nonsense like astrology and Tarot cards. What liberals embrace is religious liberty for all under the law. This is covered by the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment if you haven't read the Constitution, Steve.

The fact is that every religious text promotes death or cruel and unusual punishments to the unbeliever and every religious text has its social justice scriptures. The Abrahamic God (YHWH=Allah) of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam makes Hitler, Stalin and Mao look like amateurs with its genocides, cruelty, intolerance, and its pathologically desperate need to be worshiped and obeyed. And the threat of eternal damnation in Christianity ranks as the most evil thing a religion has ever promoted. Both the New Testament and the Quran go on diabolical rants about eternal fire.

Where on Earth did Steve Earle get the notion that liberals support conservative religious beliefs of any religion? Opposing civil rights, women's rights, and gay rights is a hallmark of conservative religions everywhere. Here in the USA, its our religious right that opposes equal pay and reproductive rights for women. It's our religious right that opposes marriage equality. It's our religious right that stinks of the putrid miasma of religious intolerance on a legal level. It's our religious right that wants to put daily prayer back in schools. Just like conservative Islam.

Liberals believe that conservative blowhards like Steve Earle have the right to have ignorant beliefs as long as they don't create public disorder or create harm. We believe that religion has no place in the public square, so crazy ideas like Christianity and Islam can't turn our government into an authoritarian religious state. Whether it's the Saudi state-based on Islam or the Jewish state-based on Judaism or the delusional Christian state our far right wants. It all belongs down the toilet with the rest of humanity's waste.

So, Steve, your strawman argument has just been burned to ashes.

James Veverka


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