Laws that kept interracial marriage illegal based on old-time religion

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Steve Earle is at it with his half-baked facts. Steve, who is well known for his anti-Muslim rants just can't stand it if someone criticizes his Momma, Christianity. His first foray into falsehoods is to say the left doesn't believe in God. Huh? Last I heard, only 4 percent of Americans (world is at 14 percent) are true atheists, so I wonder where Mr. Earle's new tale emerged from? Fox?

While it is true there is a great decline in Christianity in America and the West, liberals still believe, too. They just detest any alliance of church and state, and couldn't care less what George Washington or Patrick Henry believe in regards to God. They also aren't so naive as to take the Bible literally. If Mr. Earle would just crawl out of his little box he would find that there are thousands of Christian-liberal-progressive organizations and debate pages online. (If he has time away from Fake News!)

It certainly was hilarious to see the right wing have another hissy fit over the president's accurate statements as to what Christians are capable of, given the license. After all, they may not use the sword anymore but they use their religion to attack and cut asunder the rights and dignity of the LGBT community and women to begin with. And it all comes from the Bible. The "alleged" pro-life, anti-abortion, food stamp-hating movements in the USA are Christian. The American Family Association, the Family Research Council, the Defense of Marriage are all hateful anti-gay, anti-women groups who are loudly Christian.

The laws that kept interracial marriage illegal until the Supreme Court had to spank the religious nuts in the 1960s, were based on that old-time religion. The laws making contraception illegal were based on Christian procreation nonsense. There are still fundamentalists like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee who demonize contraception and responsible family planning.

Again, Mr. Earle doesn't tell the whole story about slavery. While Christian humanists and secularists opposed slavery, Slavery-supporting Christians were quick to defend their position with the Bible because the Bible legitimizes and regulates slavery in Leviticus and Exodus. Slaves are to obey their masters according to Paul (Hey, it's the word of God!). Jerry Falwell made his name by preaching that Christianity required segregating the races and right-wingers flocked to his cause. Many Christian churches in the South were established to keep white kids from attending classes with black students. And, as Jamelle Bouie writes in Slate, lynching was understood by its defenders "as a Christian duty, consecrated as God's will against racial transgression."

Today, the GOP and the Tea Party are where we find most of the racists, sexists, gay-hatred, religious intolerance at a pathological level. It's also the only place where you will find crazy preachers who really would like to criminalize the LGBT community, women who choose not to have a child at this time, and doctors who care for them (if some Christian terrorist hasn't assassinated him/her yet). There is a meme online that sums it up for Mr. Earle. A college-age woman is sitting with her notebook. The meme says, "Dear Theists, we will stop caring what you believe just as soon as what you believe stops influencing the decisions of those in power, thereby affecting our lives negatively." So, Steve, until Christians stop using their religion in politics, just as Islamists do, we secularists will keep the shovel ready.

Now as to Christian capabilities in the present. On May 28, 2014, Christian militia members threw grenades before shooting indiscriminately at a mosque in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, killing at least 11 people. Christian militias in Central African Republic are presently carrying out ethnic cleansing of the Muslim populations during the CAR's ongoing civil war. Thousands of people have died as a result of the conflict. Human rights violations and abuses were committed by all parties. The Muslim Seleka coalition and the Christian Militia, Anti-balaka, are also responsible for terrorism, war crimes and crimes against humanity according to a recent UN inquiry. Also of note, the Anti-balaka terrorist leader was arrested in January for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country's senior prosecutor said on Sunday.

Of course he has a ways to go to catch up with the 8 million lives lost in the Protestant vs. Catholic 30 Years' War.

James Veverka


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Three times in recent weeks, Laconia Post Office has not delivered

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What is wrong with the Laconia Post Office?

Three times in recent weeks those of us who live in the Lakeport section of the city have not received mail delivery. I can understand the first time when there was no mail delivery throughout the entire state because of the blizzard.
Since then there has been late or no deliveries at all, and it was not because of snow-covered streets. This includes Tuesday when there was no delivery.

One time, the weekly advertising fliers which contain the weekly grocery fliers were not delivered. These stores spend hundreds of dollars to have these printed and mailed.

When I asked about the lack of mail delivery I was told by several people it is because the Laconia Post Office is short of help and the postmaster will not hire additional people to fill in the vacancies,.

I do not know the postmaster, but if what I have been told is true that person is not doing the job they are supposedly qualified for.

Gordon D. King

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Timing of Meredith meetings makes it hard for people to serve

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An open letter to the Meredith Selectboard:
It is after much thought and reflection that I submit to you my resignation from the Selectboard in the Town of Meredith. The time constraints placed on me by my full-time job make it difficult for me to fully participate in an endeavor which is largely scheduled during normal business hours.
I strongly encourage you to look at the schedules of other towns and think about having committee meetings and Selectboard meetings outside of normal business hours so that the general public is able to participate without impacting their livelihood. Having committee meetings at 8 in the morning and 2
or 3 in the afternoon is just not practical for most working citizens. Furthermore, the Selectboard workshop at 4:15 p.m. and the meeting right after also conflicts with the normal business hours of the average citizen and impacts people's ability to attend these meetings as most people do not even get
back to Meredith from work until 5:30 or 6 p.m..
Since there are eight people signed up to run for the Selectboard at this time, I felt it was appropriate to tender my resignation now as to give the town the opportunity to choose from one of them to fill the vacated position.
It has been a pleasure to serve the town I love so very much. Thank you to the people of Meredith for electing me.
Hillary Seeger


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Stop the budget bleeding, but not at the expense of the infirm

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Madam Governor, listen to the weakest voices!

It is unlikely that our governor or (Health and Human Services) commissioner will ever be on Medicaid. They will probably not spend their remaining days in one of our county nursing homes. Perhaps that is why they can so easily propose to cut funds earmarked for the oldest and frailest among us. The governor needs to be reminded that these funds are not in her pocketbook to do with as she pleases. They are state funds voted by the state Legislature for this purpose and only for this purpose.

On Jan. 14 it was reported that state revenues year-to-date were beating estimates by $19.2 million, yet at the rate of current spending that would only result in a projected surplus of a mere $44,000.

Madam Governor, where are you spending our money? Wherever it is can you justify taking more from those who can't speak for themselves in Concord?

Yes, stop the bleeding of the state budget, but don't do it at the expense of the infirm and those dedicated to caring for them in their final days. Listen to the weakest of voices and act responsibly.

Senator Jeanie Forrester and a host of other legislators are challenging the Governor's proposed action. You and I should, too.

Edward C. Touhey


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'Islam has proud tradition of tolerance,' says our president

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Hear ye, hear ye, Christians need to get down off their high horses, sit down and shut up. That's what President Obama seemed to be implying at the recent National Prayer breakfast. That would be the very same gathering that was put together by Christian members of Congress to pay homage to the ideals of Christianity. His timing as always, is just so impeccable. Many of us are still seething at the cold and capricious nature of a commander-in-chief who could run to the golf course minutes after commenting on the beheading of James Foley. How maddening to hear reports that Obama's merry band of Jewish-hating operatives are trying to undermine the March 17 Israeli elections. Just further proof of the strong dislike that our President has for Netanyahu.

But the lecturer-in-chief may have outdone himself with his latest bodacious scolding of Christians, while sticking up for radical Islam, just days after ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot alive. Is there a Christian alive today who does not agree that the Crusades were very bad? I think not. How many people understand that though atrocities were committed, they were done out of necessity. They were fighting radical Islam who was trying to take over the world and kill all Christians. Talk about history repeating itself, yikes.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson reminds us as to how and why our president could be so callous and condescending toward Christianity and Jesus. Especially since Jesus earned the reputation as the Prince of Peace while Mohammed's reputation was regarded as the warrior who killed many innocent people who dared to challenge his barbaric ways. Remember these famous Obama quotes — "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance"; "The Muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset"; "America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam."

What better way to deny that our present enemy exists. You know, the one that is committing rape, murder, genocide, mutilation, decapitation, burying children alive, oppressing women, stoning gays and other assorted measures of torture and terrorism. Yes, let's go back a thousand years or so and develop some warped version of tortured, moral equivalency, replete with historical inaccuracies. Mendaciously maddening you are Mr. President.

You don't suppose President Obama read Jonah Goldberg's recent column do you? The one where he reminds us, "Christianity, even in it's most terrible days, even under the most corrupt popes, even during the most unjustifiable wars, was indisputably a force for the improvement of man." Christianity made its mistakes, but moved forward advancing humankind along the way. Much of Islam, including some moderate countries, remains mired in their ancient ways of existence, to the detriment of humankind.

Moral equivalency our dear leader implies? Poppycock. That speech, uttered by our patronizing patriarch, could only by spoken by someone who thinks the country he leads is as bad as his preacher of 20 years believes it to be: "God Damn America," screamed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Six years in, where do you think Obama's sympathy's lie? I'm with Jonah who remarked in his column: "I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West's high horse, because we've earned the right to sit in that saddle."

Meanwhile, all we patriotic cowpokes who are stuck on the Obama ranch for two more years might be asked the same question as the horse who walked into the bar. "So why the long face" queried the bartender.

Russ Wiles


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