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What's the matter? Are the Ten Commandments evil?

To The Daily Sun,

All the big left's news sources are focused on another massacre in another gun free zone. President Obama, Bernadette Loesch, and every non-thinking regressive Democrat is again calling for more gun controls. I have one word of rebuttal: "Chicago".

They don't care, they have no desire to fix the problem. They want issues to run on, not solutions. Let's ask them exactly what they propose that hasn't already been debunked? Everything already suggested/ demanded by them their leaders have already admitted would not have prevented even one of the gun-free shootings, period. Whereas conservative, Second Amendment approaches have shown serious reductions in murders and violent crimes where ever applied. Still the left holds to its political dogma no matter how many are killed, raped, mugged or murdered. Makes no sense unless my contention that they only want issues to run on is correct.

Let's look at some of their other issue-creating agendas.

Civil rights: Law passed by Republicans in Congress in 1964 over strong Democratic opposition but signed by Democratic President LBJ has been sense claimed by Democrats as theirs. But has their Great Society programs and laws made things better for Blacks? Not by any realistic measure. Yes there are some blacks in politics, business, law and collage educated jobs doing better but has the black communities in particular improved? Again, one word: Chicago.

Last month there were 60 shootings in Chicago; 70 percent of the victims were black. Unemployment among black young men is around 20 percent. White privilege? Get out of town! It's lack of education, drugs, drug gangs and crime. Does the Democratic mayor of Chicago address these problems? No. Democrats need issues to run on.

About the economy: Have the excessive regulations on everything from manufacturing to banking to foreign trade and political correctness made the lives of Americans better? We are the first generation whose children are not expected to have better lives then their parents. Regressive Democrats still believe that big government, higher taxes, and more spending is the answer. Only if the objective is to create less opportunity, more dependence on government, and create issues to run on.

Now to women's health issues (that's code for abortion on demand). Since Christians can't support this issue, Democratic regressives are conducting a war on Christianity. (Yes, I stole the term, but it's absolutely true.) Christians are vilified at every opportunity by every leftist with a voice or a key board.

Scott Cracraft equates the Tea Party to fundamentalist Christians as though fundamentalist Christians are somehow bad. James Veverka has been going after Christians as though its a Mafia vendetta with him. Are the Ten Commandments evil, wrong headed, perverse? Christians are not perfect but at least they try to do good.

And of course there is education: education in America was once the standard for the world until regressive democrats got their hands and unions on it. Lowered expectations for special constituents, social promotions, behavioral "tolerance" again for special constituents and God forbid any attempt by parents to remove their kids from dangerous, failed government schools to voucher-funded private schools were standards assure better futures.

Now this letter could go on and on with the failings of the regressive, Democratic leftists but I'll give readers a break and only say regressives will use any means to justify their ends. Their ends are power for power's sake, not to make lives better or more just, just for power and privilege.

Steve Earle

Hill

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Ridiculous to portray all Christian conservatives as bigots

To The Daily Sun,

The excellent letter to the editor by Gary Torressen published in answer to the all-out, transparently-biased attack on conservative Christians by Robert Joseph was a respectful, factual and well-written rebuttal. Quite different than Mr. Joseph's broadside.

In reading Mr. Joseph's letter, I counted the charge of bigot or bigotry leveled against Christians no less than 10 times. An accounting of the thrust of his attack follows.

One: Title — Conservative Christians breed bigotry.

Two: Tea Party bigots do not understand Jesus' message of love and compassion.

Three: Christians breed bigotry, anti-woman's rights, anti-race, anti-Muslim, not accepting gays, blacks or other groups that do not fit their mold.

At this point Mr. Joseph sings his own liberal praises. He claims he is a liberal and this means to be "open minded, caring, well-learned and willing to look at all options." It is obvious that he considers himself an all-knowing model for everyone to follow and that these attributes are absent in conservative Christians. Not some, but all.

Four: These liberal attributes aforementioned are not demonstrated by narrow-minded Christian bigots.

Five: Christian thoughts are bigoted. Six: Narrow minded Tea Party bigots...

Seven: A pastor's male bigotry.

Eight: Narrow-minded Christians oppose love, health and safety. Jesus opposed this kind of Christian bigotry.

Nine: Why can't Tea Party bigots do this?

Ten: It is time for these Christian bigots to put away childish things.

Mr. Joseph does not portray his charges as applicable to some in his target group, instead applying his venom to all. And venom it indeed is. The thought might occur to some reading his letter that the "B" word might apply to Mr. Joseph himself. And this does not have to be repeated 10 times to make its point.

Since I am a conservative Christian, I must fit the mold envisioned by Mr. Joseph as enumerated under item three in the above text. I also must lack the listed attributes that he as a liberal possesses by self-proclamation. I would like to challenge all of his charges, but this would require a mini-treatise. I will instead address just one.

In 1964, I was an Air Force captain, a B-52 bomber pilot, 8th Air Force, Strategic Air Command, 99th Bomb Wing (Heavy) Westover Air Force Base. I was completing a seven year commitment and about to be discharged. I had accepted a position as a pilot with American Airlines and would begin with AA the same day as my discharge. I was on alert with my crew among other crews in the rapid response bunkers and talking with a close friend named David Harris, a contemporary with identical career credentials as I. We were both B-52 pilots, captains and college graduates with seven years active service. We were social friends and both of us played on the basketball team. I was discussing my career plans with David and told him that there was a golden opportunity available to him as AA was about to hire pilots for the first time since 1959. Even though passenger traffic had increased, AA had not hired any pilots for five years. The reason was due to the introduction of the new Boeing 707 jets, each one replacing two or three slower, smaller, propeller airplanes. Thus fewer airplanes and pilots were needed, triggering layoffs. But retirements and increasing passenger traffic eventually triggered a recall of furloughed pilots and now a need for new pilots. I stressed that the window of opportunity for faster advancement was now at the beginning of the cycle, rather than later. David related that he had thought about this but was aware that no major airline had ever hired a black pilot. I told him that the Civil Rights Act had at last become law and I strongly encouraged him to be the first to break the color line. David accepted my challenge.

On our first day off, I drove David to La Guardia Airport and introduced him to the chief pilot. He was interviewed, subsequently tested and hired by AA and started his new career about a month after my service began. He indeed broke the color line and our advancement was indeed rapid. We were both advanced from co-pilot to captain within three years and so spent 27 of our 30 years with AA sitting in the left seat as pilot in command. David became the first African-American airline captain and has received much recognition for his role in opening this door that had been shamefully closed. He was in the right place at the right time, and to his credit, like Jackie Robinson, had the right credentials.

Now how could such a scenario have been prompted by someone assumed to be a biased, anti-black, anti-race, narrow minded, bigoted conservative Christian?

This is what Mr. Joseph has portrayed myself and others like me to be. I am also well aware that he is not alone. I have much more to relate, but this will have to suffice for now.

I will close by quoting the gracious end of Gary Torressen's letter. "It is my hope that Mr. Joseph seeks to be more understanding and forgiving. He is wished nothing but the best. 'For the Son of Man (Jesus) came to seek and save the Lost' " Luke 19:10

George Brunstad

Meredith

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