To The Daily Sun,
Sorry Mr. Brooks, but I found it ludicrous, and almost humorous, that you would describe our Founding Fathers as "conservatives" and King George III as a "liberal progressive." Individuals who were extremely liberal and progressive founded our nation. So liberal in fact that they fostered and won a revolution. The Founding Fathers and patriots that won this country's freedoms are often referred to as "Classic Liberals."
If you're not a liberal-progressive, fine, but the ideology of the Founding Fathers is pretty well settled as a matter of history. If you're going to argue that Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and Washington weren't liberal-progressives, you might as well claim that Himmler and Goebbels weren't fascists. If our Founding Fathers had been conservatives as you purport, our country would be more likely, a member of the United Kingdom. They rejected monarchy and aristocracy in a revolutionary move.
"As mankind becomes more liberal, they will be most apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." — George Washington
I don't think that anyone with a reasonable amount of intelligence would dispute that America wasn't founded by Christians. I would, however, argue that America was founded by Christians who learned from their experiences in England that you cannot force your particular belief system on everyone, as the king did. Hence the departure of the 150 souls for the New Word in 1620. Our forefathers were smart enough to know that a new system was required. In their wisdom, the framers in Philadelphia knew that the time had come to break from the precedents of history and bar any religious group from imposing itself on the nation using the engine of government. They put their own beliefs aside for the greater good, and penned the Constitution, granting freedom of religion for all.
Many of our Founding Fathers were raised on Christian teaching, the most interesting of which was the promotion of an openness to more liberal political ideas.
It would certainly take a whole lot more than "references to God or the Bible" to push the notion that somehow the United States is a Christian nation, when in Article II it clearly states that we are not.
Unfortunately for conservative Christians, the very notion of "the free exercise" of their religion means imposing their narrow conservative values on everyone else. So, regardless of whether the "Christian Nation" lie is perpetuated via false readings of, or refusals to read, the Constitution. There is no doubt that conservative right-wing Christians will continue to use the pressure of their load and arrogant voices to deny rights and promote their political agenda.
While many conservative Christians and politician are upset that the United States was founded as a secular nation, today's right-wing conservatives — against all credibility and in spite of the historical record — insist that our Founding Fathers had it all wrong, and that the United States was indeed founded as a Christian nation.
"(I have) always regarded the practical distinction between religion and civil government as essential to the purity of both and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States." — James Madison
Mr. Brooks, nobody in this forum has "denied the values upon which our nation was founded." These values have become the standard of social and moral conduct for almost half the population of the earth.
My contention is, that Christianity does not hold a copyright on these beliefs. While Christianity does make up approximately 75 percent of our church-going population, why must we disenfranchise other faiths by falsely claiming to be a "Christian nation?" We are a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of common values.
While Mr. Torressen never expressed how I twisted the past, I would encourage conservative contributors to this forum to heed his words: "To twist the past to fit an agenda is intellectually dishonest."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:03
To The Daily Sun,
I read the article about the Children's Auction in the Friday, Dec. 5, paper and how NH 1 News is playing a major role. I may be in the minority on this one but does this "growth" seem to be moving the auction in a more corporate direction?
From my memories, this auction always felt "small town" and personal. It would appear that being rebranded and televised throughout the Granite State could also explain why the WBIN executive team is looking to propose the expansion of the donation area outside the Lakes Region.
I really hope that the auction continues to do great things, but I'm cautious that bigger isn't better.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:40
To The Daily Sun,
There are certain ingredients that fall into place time and again that make (war) possible. The first item needs to be news releases (from the highest authorities — that are taken to be the gospel truth) that we are in immediate danger from a foreign country, most likely in the Middle-Eastern regions. Based on that threat we again go into a aggressive mode of attacking (bombing) which we have done for twelve consequent year: (270 raids on ISIS.)
These military acts of war need additional armaments which translates into contracts from the (so-called) Defense Department, which are then distributed to various states via representatives assuring local industries a constant flow of work and full-time employment. Surely these transaction will help those politicians (most of which are owned by weapons contractors, in the first place) get re-elected. Can't beat that!
Now we are faced with the threat of ISIS. Considering the fact that the United States has not lost a single person in an attack upon this country since 9/11, Boston Bombers were from Russia — yet we continue to assert that somehow we are in danger again (from another belligerent group of sectarian rebels) that we claim pose a serious threat to our safety and the world! (repeating the same broken-down lie.) This sad picture has been repeatedly given us an ample excuse to use excessive military force in one of many undeclared wars.
Considering that many people actually benefit from ongoing (wars) it only seems reasonable that no questions are asked, none given. We have killed thousands of people using the same deceitful practices that started our military involvement in the first place — for 12 long, brutal years.
The paramount question for me is: Where does morality come into the picture? Is Holy Scripture denied outright? Thou shall not kill. In this holy season, for Jew and Gentile we need to passionately speak out against further killing. We have never declared war on any one, yet bombing raids that kill hundreds of innocent people go on daily.
Is this business (of undeclared war) just too good to turn off? Can we put war-mongers and war profiteers, out in the cold and hold our heads up high, for a change! God help us!
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Recently, there's been quite a flurry of letters to The Sun. They've centered around the Judeo-Christian tradition influence on our founding fathers, the TEA party and, of course, Obamacare.
Conspicuously absent, though, is any mention of the events that have caused, and continue to cause, massive demonstrations throughout the country.
Two weeks ago, a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown. This past week, a grand jury in New York failed to indict the police officer for the death of Eric Garner. This death, unlike the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, was recorded on a cell phone.
Mr. Garner's "incident" shows him being taken down by a choke hold and held on the ground by several officers. When they discover that he is clearly in critical distress, someone says to "call 911." When the EMTs arrive, no one administers CPR and any "care" involved dumping him on a gurney — face-down.
Last week in Cleveland, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a playground. A police car arrived and two seconds later, the child was shot. His parents buried him this week.
Where is our outrage? This is racism in its most vile and deadliest form. Is it just easier to ignore it and focus on issues we feel comfortable with? Or, is it just a lack of concern? Where are the Right to Life folks? Where are the defend-your- rights TEA party? All human life is sacred.
These are clear civil rights violations. I did see an interview with Rand Paul denouncing the decision. He did though, finish by stating that the real problem was the cigarette tax. How odd that the senator from Kentucky would point this out.
What about the majority of law enforcement who are well trained and self-disciplined? How does this affect their ability to serve and protect? The officers, commissioners and prosecutors who make these terrible decisions need to be replaced.
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
The Newfound Area School District's Budget Committee unanimously voted to strongly support the proposed two-year agreement that has been ratified between the Newfound Area Teachers Association and the Newfound Area School Board.
While the Budget Committee did not negotiate the agreement between the teachers and the school board, the committee wants the public to know that this agreement provides for concessions on both sides. The new contract allows for teacher salary increases, a correction to the salary matrix to allow for equalization between and among steps, and a significant change to the current authorized leave language. The teachers also will be increasing the percentage that they will pay toward their health insurance during the second year of the contract.
The agreement will be further discussed at the school district's Annual Deliberative Session scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Voting on the ratified agreement will occur on Election Day, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Simon Barnett, Chair
Newfound Area School District Budget Committee
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:20