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Pat Buchanan - Rev. Wright's star pupil

"A steady patriot of the world alone,

"The friend of every country — but his own."

George Canning's couplet about the Englishmen who professed love for all the world except their own native land comes to mind on reading Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.

After listing the horrors of ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram, the president decided his recital of crimes committed in the name of Islam would be unbalanced, if he did not backhand those smug Christians sitting right in front of him.

"And lest we get on our high horse ... remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

Why did he do it? He had to know that dredging up and dragging in real or imagined crimes of Christianity from centuries ago would anger Christians and obliterate whatever else he had to say.

Was it Edgar Allen Poe's "Imp of the Perverse" prodding him to stick it to the Christians? Was it the voice of his old pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah "God damn America!" Wright muttering in his ear?

I believe this betrays something deeper. Obama revels in reciting the sins of Christianity and the West because he does not see himself as a loyal son of the civilization Christianity produced.

He sees himself as a citizen of the world who rejects the idea that our cradle faith Christianity is superior or that our civilization is superior. For he seems to seize every opportunity to point up the sins of Christianity and the West and the contributions of other faiths and civilizations.

Consider the bill of particulars in Obama's indictment of crimes committed "in the name of Christ."

Slavery was not invented by Christians. It existed when Christ was born. Fifth century Athens and the Roman republic had slaves. African slaves were brought not only to the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries but to Arabia and the Islamic world. Black African chieftains produced the captives for the slave trade.

Why then does Obama single out Christianity for indictment, when it was Christians and their teachings about human dignity, and Christian moral leaders and Christian nations that abolished the slave trade and slavery itself, which endured in the Islamic world into the 20th century?

Though he brought up crimes committed "in the name of Christ," Obama did not mention the name of Muhammad. An oversight?
As for the Crusades, there were indeed atrocities on both sides during these expeditions and wars from the end of the 11th to the end of the 13th century, with the fall of Acre in 1291.

But were the Crusades, military expeditions by Christian knights to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims who had overrun these lands where Jesus had walked, preached, and died, unjust wars?

Obama seems to see the Crusades from the Saracen point of view. But does he really believe that when Pope Urban II preached the First Crusade at Clermont in 1095 to have Christian knights relieve the siege of Byzantium and liberate the Holy Land, this was the moral equivalent of Bin Laden declaring war to rid the Islamic Middle East of Americans?

Not long go, our popular culture portrayed Crusaders as heroes, their cause as noble. Among the most famous was Richard the Lionhearted who led the Third Crusade. Gen. Eisenhower entitled his war memoirs "Crusade in Europe."

Like his derisive remarks about Middle Pennsylvanians, that they cling with bitterness to their bibles, guns and antipathy to immigrants, Obama's Prayer Breakfast digression reveals much more about who the man is.

He dragged in the Inquisition. Yet, as Alexander Solzhenitsyn noted, Vladimir Lenin ordered more people executed in his first days in power than did the Spanish Inquisition in 300 years.

In drawing parallels between Christianity and Islam, Obama misses a basic point. Unlike Islam, which, in one century, conquered Arabia, the Middle and Near East, the Holy Land, North Africa and Spain, until the Muslim advance was halted by Charles Martel at Poitiers in France, Christianity did not conquer with the sword, but with the Word.

Only after 300 years of persecution and martyrdom were the Christians, through the Edict of Milan, allowed to practice their faith. Christianity was not imposed on the Old World, but embraced.

America's problem: With Islamic fanaticism surging, with ISIS using the term "Crusader" as a curse word equivalent to "Nazi," we have as leader of the West a man who partly shares the enemy's views about the Christian Crusades, and who seems at best ambivalent about the superiority of the civilization that he leads.

Again, Canning's words come to mind:

"No narrow bigot he; — his reason'd view

"Thy interests, England, ranks with thine, Peru!

"France at our doors, he sees no danger nigh,

"But heaves for Turkey's woes the impartial sigh;

"A steady patriot of the world alone,

"The friend of every country — but his own."

 (Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:18

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Why taking so long to fix school zone light on Rte. 25 in Meredith?

To The Daily Sun,
The Daily Sun advertises ,"Seeking the Truth and printing it". Can you find the truth in this situation?
On Thursday morning, Jan. 15, while returning from coffee with friends, I observed that the school zone flashing lights at the Inter-Lakes schools in Meredith were not functioning properly. The eastbound light was flashing, but the one for westbound traffic was not. Then, again, in the afternoon, I observed the same situation.
Concerned about the safety of the children, I phoned the dispatcher at the Meredith Police Department. The woman who answered said that she "would contact the state".

Here it is, Feb. 4, 20 days later, and the light for westbound traffic still is not functioning.

Since I don't have access to the light bulb, time clock, or circuit breaker, I don't know why it isn't working.

I'm sure that the dispatcher passed the message along. She said she would. No doubt, every state and town plow driver reported this malfunction, as would have hundreds of concerned citizens. So why, if this is a "safety issue" has it gone unrepaired for so many days?

PS. I'm sure that all those people who required Rite Aid to spend a small fortune on a cross-walk light must also have reported it.

Waiting to hear what you find out.

Earl Miller
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:24

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Ray Moritz is ameable man who is well prepared to lead Meredith

To The Daily Sun,

Ray Moritz is running for selectman in Meredith. Let me tell you a little about him.

Ray has been a Meredith summer-home owner since 1984 and voting Meredith resident since 1996. He is a respected member and leader of his Waukewan Community Association where he willingly helps his neighbors and friends. Ray Moritz is an active member of the Meredith Rotary Club. Every year Ray can be found setting up the technical equipment in the Great Rotary Fishing Club Derby trailer. He is treasurer for the Lakes Region Nursing Association, a steward responsibility. He supports his wife Carol in her activities as a board member of the Friends of the Meredith Library and her digging skills as a Community Garden Club member caring for flowers in Meredith.

Ray, the youngest of seven children, lost his farther at the age of 7. His mother became the support of the family. At 13 Ray had a full-time job and continued to work full time his total career. He dropped out of high school, joined the Air Force and married Carol, a teacher and lifelong love. He supported his family, including three daughters and a son while attending college — an inspiring feat.

Ray Moritz is a hard worker, a Cum Laude engineering graduate, a worker for Ford Motors Aerotech Division and Cannon. He is an amiable man well prepared to lead Meredith. A man of humility, with quiet confidence, he is characterized by steadfastness, ingenuity, accomplishment, and genuine friendship.

Please vote for Ray Moritz, as one of our Meredith selectmen on Tuesday, March 10.

Ginny Lovett

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:08

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Experience with Jesus worth more than Mr. Veverka's foolishness

To The Daily Sun,

Well at least we now know that James Veverka considers himself a scholar (a learned person), yet he has nothing to encourage any person longing for real truth.

Mr. John Demakowski, on the other hand, is a real Christian man who reaches out to troubled people, showing them how to be forgiven from all their sins by asking Jesus Christ into their lives. Any Christian will tell you, James, how Jesus changed their lives, giving them love, joy, peace in this troubled world. You, James, give them zero. You can't convince a person who had an experience, telling them in your letters they are liars, fools, ect. An experience with Jesus is worth more than your foolishness.

Furthermore, this experience is shared by untold millions throughout history, "Time James" to seek the Lord, if you are man enough, he will come to you. Say you are sorry. Ask Jesus into your life, it's joy unspeakable.

"Is Jesus Christ God?" Yes he is. He has delivered from us the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of God. The firstborn over all creation (Jesus is God in flesh). For by Him, all things were created that are in heaven, and that are on Earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things are in Him created and for Him.  

He is before all things, and in Him all things consist, for it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus) all the fullness should dwell. and by Him (Jesus) to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in Heaven, having made peace through the blood of his cross. (1 Colossians 1:13-22).

God Bless America.

William Liam McCoy

Belmont

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:05

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Gilmanton schools also played huge role in flood recovery effort

To The Daily Sun,

I was embarrassed to see in my letter that I had neglected to send out a big "thank you" to our Gilmanton School Board, especially to Mike Hatch and Adam Mini. In the superintendent's office another big "thank you" to Rachel and John for allowing me to send Gilmanton residents and employees there to use their copier and fax machine. We appreciated so much that they set up classrooms for meeting rooms so that scheduled meetings for different boards could continue to take place. Meetings of the selectmen, ZBA, planning, Historic District Commission, etc., which have since been moved to the Old Town Hall auditorium, 1800 Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works.

I would also like to extend a very special "thank you" to the School Board, superintendent and to all the teachers and staff for their coordinated efforts to rearrange the March teachers' workshop that was supposed to take place toward the latter part of that month and move it to March 10. They voluntarily did this to make the school gymnasium available for our annual town and school elections, which are usually held in the auditorium of the Academy building. The School Board arranged with the Gilmanton Year Round Library ("thank you" GYRL) for the teachers to use their parking lot so that the school parking lot will be left open for Gilmanton residents so that they may cast their ballot votes on Tuesday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The children will not have school that day.

I would also like to thank Officer Gustafson, for your extra efforts on shift to make sure the Academy building and the modular building that are temporarily housing the town offices are secure at night. I, as well as my staff, thank you for being in the area and for checking in on us when we are open in the evenings, the extra sense of security is very much appreciated.

If I have inadvertently forgotten to mention anyone else, I would also like to say a very heartfelt "thank you". The support and caring shown by our community and our surrounding communities has been very heartwarming and so very much appreciated.

Debra Cornett

Town Clerk/Tax Collector

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 10:00

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