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Crumbling morals take their toll

Published: Sun, June 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Crumbling morals take their toll

When a building develops cracks in the walls, the first priority should not be to patch the cracks but to determine what caused them. Usually, the foundation is sinking. The prevailing opinion seems to be that the biggest problems in America are the economy and the health of the financial system. I say these are cracks. The cracks are forming because the moral foundation of our country is sinking.

The Bible is very clear about what is sin and what isn’t. Those who do not have a moral foundation in their lives are reluctant to acknowledge that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and therefore true and trustworthy. If I disagree with God’s Word, I am the one who is wrong, however much I feel otherwise.

Abortion and homosexuality are two major sins that have been legalized by our federal government in contradiction to God’s Word. Life begins at conception. Because everyone’s DNA is different, DNA evidence is enough to convict or clear a person of a crime. The DNA of a fetus is different from that of its mother. Therefore, it is not part of her body; it is a different person. A fetus is not potential life; it is a life with much potential.

At least two passages in the New Testament clearly indicate that homosexuality is wrong. The reproduction of the human race can only take place between a man and a woman. To say that you were born gay is irrelevant. We are all born with many mental, emotional, and biological traits that were not in God’s initial perfect design for the human race.

God has blessed this country abundantly, but if we legalize what He has forbidden, He will remove those blessings. I believe 9/11, the financial crash and the economy are all warning signs from Him. If God allowed His people Israel to go into captivity because of idolatry, what makes us think He will overlook America’s sins? We need to repent of our personal and national sins and ask for mercy from a gracious God before it is too late.

Lawrence Cavicchi, Youngstown

Safety of a child comes first

Being Italian-American, being from Youngstown, and having been raised in a Catholic family, I’m aware of the church’s rich traditions and contributions to the community. I write now neither as a Catholic or non-Catholic but as an outraged reader. How and why Rev. Michael Seifert did not report the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl to the police is beyond me. The universal, secular code of human dignity should, on any given day, trump Catholicism’s Code of Canon Law.

I understand the function of confession. That said, sexual assault leaves a stone bruise on the soul. I do not believe that God would have faulted Seifert for breaking what Bishop Murry referred to as “the sacredness of the Seal of Confession” by reporting child molestation to the proper authorities. What is more sacred than the well-being of a child?

Christopher Lettera, Hubbard

Political parties are selling us out

The show must go on. And so it is with the Republican Party. We all remember the Republican debates where all of the candidates were blasting Mitt Romney because he was the front-runner. They couldn’t find one thing they liked about him. They looked for any opening they could find to try to discredit him for the office. Now, all of the Romney haters are backing him for the office they all wanted.

Have you heard even one of them bring up anything they said about him in the debates? No, and you won’t because they are all Republicans and will join together to get the party into the White House. That is the comedy of politics and hypocrisy to the highest degree.

And, as for the reigning president, all he talks about is what he has done. He forgets to mention all of the promises he made while running for the office he now holds, and never kept a single one of them. So, what he has done is simply, nothing. The two party system is a farce and we, the voters, who are wasting our time voting, actually believe they want to help us even though they are turning this country into a nation of the rich and the poor with no hope for the future.

There is only one man I think of that would make a great president, and that man is Colin Powell. He actually has morals and a conscience. Something that is lacking in the two men who want to own the White House and keep selling us down the river by making China and all the other countries the working class of our country with their cheap labor and no controls/standards of any kind in their making of those products.

This used to be a country of standards one could be proud of, but that is the distant past. Now the only standard is the love of money, no matter the real cost.

Rea Buttermore, Boardman


1300(573 comments)posted 3 years ago

The day that people like the first letter writer gain enough power is the day our country turns into a Christian version of Iran.

9-11 and the financial meltdown are the work of his god intended to punish America? If that's not a sign of metal disease, I don't know what is.

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2doubled(210 comments)posted 3 years ago

Does the catholic church - or christianity in general - consider embezzlement and blatantly breaking the tax laws a sin --- or is that just a violation of mans' law here on the earth that we have to live in every day. You pick and choose which acts are sinful and which are not. Who, exactly, bestowed such power upon you?

By the way -- throughout the ENTIRE New Testament, Jesus never once mentions homosexuality. Not once. And it's a fact that such practice was as prevalent then as it is now. But I suppose you know more than Him, right?? Do not judge, lest ye be judged.

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3GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years ago

That first letter might be the most uninformed, ignorant letter I've read in a long time.

Some people don't realize that all they're doing is promoting an American Christian Taliban.

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4Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 3 years ago

"The moral foundation of our country is sinking". From what high plateau? From the days of slavery? From the days where we stole the lands of Native Americans? From the days when women were second class citizens? From the days of child labor? The country has never been any more "moral" than we are today or for that matter how humanity has EVER been. Lawrence do you know anything about the history of how the "Bible" came to be? God didn't write it; man did. So quit acting like the "Bible" has Divine power. And for that matter, Lawrence, how can you have the effrontery to blaspheme like you do by speaking for God. You are much too small to know the mind of God and yet you speak of things like "abortion" and "homosexuality" like you have been sitting at God's Right Hand, knowing how He feels about such things. Lawrence, you should speak for yourself and yourself alone. And you should also let your worry about the morals of this country begin and end with you. Because, Lawrence, maybe in the eyes of God, you are less moral than anyone who has had the misfortune to be in a situation where she had to resort to an abortion or anyone who is gay. So just shut up and quit your ridiculous ways before "your vengeful God" sends a bolt of lightening your way.

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5Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 3 years ago

Rea, this country was never a country of standards. Tell me when this country was any more moral than it is today? In the time of slavery? I will tell you one thing, Rea, the youth of today are much better, morally than we ever were. They are tolerant in ways that we never were and in the 10 to 20 years they will come into positions of power in this country and many things like religion and political parties that now divide us, will be unimportant to them. Then the country will make progress; but first Rea, you and I must move on.

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6bumbob(142 comments)posted 3 years ago

Sounds like a member of the Westboro Baptist Cult wrote the first letter. Either that, or the letter writer enjoys a steady diet of MSG and excessive amounts of Mountain Dew laced with meth.

For the record being homosexual is about as immoral as being heterosexual is. Anyone that says otherwise has too much time on their hands, and is most likely gay themselves. America will be a place of tolerance, not bigotry.

Regarding abortion: 1 in 3 women in the U.S. have one at some point in their lives. My suggestion is not to demonize abortion but rather increase access to contraception.

Either react to your problems in a constructive way or stay out of the way. It will save everyone alot of time.

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7Sunny(25 comments)posted 3 years ago

Unlike the majority of people who posted, I agree with Mr. Cavicchi's views. To the writer who says Jesus does not speak out against homosexuality in the New Testiment - that is true, but only because it was made clear already that this was an abomination in God's eyes. Leviticus 18:22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind:it is abomination. After reading these posts, it is my belief that most writers thus far are not truly knowledgeable of what is contained in the Bible.

Sin is sin. It doesn't matter if it's a lie, tax evasion, homosexuality, idolatry or adultery, to name a few, they're ALL sin and they're ALL equally sinful. I think people struggle with homosexuality in particular because we are hardwired to protect the continuation of human life. Therefore, homosexuality seems most offensive to us because without procreation we will cease to exist. Homosexuality is a direct contrast to our survival. Though this sin is no worse than any other, it makes sense on a basic level.

As for the writers of the Bible, yes, they were human but INSPIRED by God. This book has survived the test of time. Unfortunately, some people pick and choose bits and pieces to serve their own needs, but the basic teachings of Christ and the word of God are very clear in their meaning.

Either you believe or you don't. The day of truth will come to each and every one of us and there will be no turning back the hands of time. The U.S. is destined for ruination resulting from greed and immorality. At the very least, Christianity teaches love and acceptance. True believers live this truth but that doesn't make them perfect and they DO make mistakes. If we all followed in Jesus' footsteps and lived as He did, don't you think this world would be a much better place for all of us? I do.

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8GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years ago

@ Rally
So you're saying if Jerry Sandusky had done all those horrible things to little girls it would have been ok. After all, he wouldn't be "indoctrinating" them into the "world of homosexuality".

By the way, it appears that Sandusky was a horrible "indoctrinator". None of those boys that testified said that they "turned" homosexual because of Sandusky's actions.

Sandusky should burn because he's a pedophile and preys upon the weak, not because he only preyed on little boys.

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9ytownredux(117 comments)posted 3 years ago

I am thinking that immaculate conception is much easier than is led to be believed by the Christian Right with all these gay people out there. People who think homosexuality is wrong because they cannot 'procreate' are as misguided as the preacher who wanted to build a fence around the gays so they would soon die out because they cannot procreate.

Hmmmm, last i checked, about 99% of gay people were born to heterosexual moms and dads. so besides the fence idea being ignorant it is also exceedingly stupid.

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