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A message of love, not hate

Published: Fri, August 17, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

A message of love, not hate

I would like to respond to the Aug. 2 letter about Chick-fil-A and that writer’s interpretation of the Bible. As for Chick-fil-A, Mr. Cathy has every right to support whatever beliefs that he has, whether we agree with him or not. However, everyone who disagrees is also free to speak their minds as well, and leading boycotts is within their freedom of speech as well.

As for the letter’s declaration that, “It is time we as a God-fearing nation stood up. Let your local and national leaders know that they will not have your support if they decide to try to rewrite the Bible. It’s time we started throwing people to the wolves” — this is offensive to me as a Christian. Christ tells us, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will bit be condemned.” (Luke 6:37) Saying to throw people to the wolves is hardly non-judgmental; it is spiteful and hateful, which are quite the opposite of the life that Christ calls us to.

God is one of compassion, not hate, and spewing hatred and violence does damage to God’s name.

As for making a joke out of marriage, the book of Acts is the story of the church becoming more and more open to all people. It starts of as only Jews and the need for circumcision, and keeps moving forward to include the Gentiles and those who are seen as unclean and unworthy, which far too often is how those in the LGBT community are seen.

It is God’s desire throughout the scriptures to bring God’s good news to all the world and be a blessing to all people. I pray for our community, our country, and for this world, that we may live in peace, instead of judgment, and in love, instead of intolerance and hatred.

Rev. Sean Myers, Columbiana

Can’t politicians get along?

The Aug.13 front page arti- cle, “Congress candidates in Valley accuse each other of promoting outsourcing” by David Skolnick, makes me want to scream. I am so tired already of these political battles. What I want to know is what are you going to do to help this country?

I don’t care about “party” ( Republican/Democrat). I care about America. “We the People” are still trying to form that perfect union. Our two parties need to become partners in solving our nation’s problems, not fight like children.

Tell us your plans, work for all Americans, stop fighting each other, put all your energies into something more constructive for our nation, our towns, and our neighborhoods. Is that really asking too much?

Sharmon Lesnak ,Youngstown


1WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Rev. Myers,

There was certainly plenty of anger, hatred and intolerance being thrown around over this issue and you have seized upon an example from the Right side of the spectrum to illustrate your point. However, for you to assert that the magnitude and volume of hatred and intolerance from the Right amounted to even a speck in Goliath's eye compared to that from the Left is simply uninformed or outright dishonest.

The vicious intolerance, hatred and now even violence against the Right for daring to voice their opinion is unmistakeable. Please don't pretend it somehow doesn't exist. And if you want "...peace, instead of judgment, and in love, instead of intolerance and hatred..." then I suggest you properly direct your criticism to the Left. They are responsible.

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2tnmartin(426 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Yet it HAS been generally the Left. From the LGBT supporter shooting up the Family Research Council last week to the violence last week against Mr. Ryan and his supporters, to violence against those peacefully attending Tea Party rallies. And don't forget that Lee Harvey Oswald was a pro Castro LEFTIST. Want more examples? They're not hard to find. PMSNBC-CNN-ABC-NBC-CBS aren't interested since it upsets their propaganda narrative

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3jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Great post, tnmartin.

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4WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


This time it is.

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5WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


Your argument is fallacious and worthless... tu coque maybe? But, I defy you to prove with any substance whatsoever that your other mentions are conclusively members of the political Right.

Loughner? Are you kidding?

Are you insane? This guy has OWS Left written all over him including the fact that he could not use his weapons effectively. Sad to say and I am glad he didn't, but he should have been able to reload in that environment and should have netted more kills. Only an inept, wanna be Leftist psycho killer could eff up that badly with such an arsenal in hand and a dense target environment like that. Same with the Denver movie theater idiot. Lefty left left.

White Supremacists? Seriously?

You may *think* you know what you are talking about from hearing lies repeated on CNN or Maddow but there is NOTHING in the political Right that agrees with White Supremacy or any other racially based philosophy. There is far more racial significance on the Left and by a long shot. *Any* race-based philosophy is comfortable there.

McVeigh? Please.

You think radical anti-government violence is part of the Right? This guy, before the radical departure, certainly seemed to fit better in the Right than the Left with the Conservative lifestyle, 2nd amendment leanings, tax leanings and so forth. Agree. But a radical departure from reason with a descent into violent anti-government actions? This is part of the Right to you? No, this is wrong. And you should be thankful for it. The Right is right and growing daily. If they solve all their problems with violence or by hatching violent actors then people like you are effin effed.

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