Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 30, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Americans against churches, not God

I disagree with Winston Morris who wrote in a letter published Oct. 23 that Americans have turned against God.  he number of believers has remained steady. Americans are turning against churches, so much that some predict their disappearance by 2030.

Christians must read and live the gospel. Too many churches support the opposite: hatred, racism, greed, selfishness, superiority, the strong crushing the weak, demonizing the poor and rants against homosexuals and abortion, neither of which Jesus mentioned. Read the Southern Baptist Convention plank on abortion through the 1970s and read of abortions in Jesus’s time.

Many churches have become political pawns for radical, highly paid televangelists. Their concern is not Christianity or churches, but the takeover of government by the wealthy promoters who want to become wealthier. There’s no connection to Christianity.

When the money-changers claimed to be the Christians, too many in churches followed. The  Norquist crowd is drowning the church just as it brags of doing to the government.

Nancy Vinson, Catlettsburg 

Failure to protect men unjustified

There is much in the news about the situation that happened in Benghazi. 

I certainly have no new knowledge about what happened in Benghazi but I do know this: No amount of uncertainty about the identity of the attackers or their motivation for launching the attack justifies the inaction and unmitigated failure of the administration to protect those men.

The administration knew in advance that the ambassador wanted increased security. They knew that Benghazi was a hotbed of extremists, and that the anniversary of 9/11 was approaching, yet they denied the requests for more security. In fact, they reduced security. It was known in the hours prior to the attack that the safe house in Benghazi was being watched and an attack was likely, yet they did nothing.

There is blood on someone's hands. They can deny it, they can rationalize it, but those who failed to send aid are to blame.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

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