Letters to the Editor

| October 28, 2010
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Letters to the editor Hate From the Pulpit?

I was discussing with a friend recently the fact that Memphis now has the dubious distinction of being named the most dangerous city in the U.S. (Fly on the Wall, October 21st issue). He commented on the irony of Memphis being known as both the most dangerous city and the city with a church on every street corner. I don't find it ironic at all.

With preachers spewing hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness from hundreds of pulpits, is it any wonder we are a city of warring factions? A recent survey showed that atheists know far more about religion than supposedly religious people do. This comes as no surprise, either. Most so-called religious people operate purely from emotion and are blindly led by any forceful and charismatic preacher. They seldom bother to inform themselves about their own religion, let alone the beliefs of others. They regard science as a tool of the devil and logic as the enemy of their faith. In such an environment, how can tolerance and peaceful coexistence possibly happen?

Jim Brasfield

Memphis

It Takes a Van

Regarding editor Bruce VanWyngarden's column (October 14th issue): Like his wife, "whose heart is bigger than her zip code," I also mentor kids, particularly my neighborhood's transient kids who rent one month and are gone the next, through no fault of their own. I have hooked up these kids with a number of Memphis organizations offering commendable, no-cost educational services to impoverished youth: the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Caritas Village, etc.

The long list of Memphis-area mentoring organizations is bigger than my zip code. But the biggest challenge is transportation. I drive the kids wherever and whenever I can, but I can only do so much. Can some agency or individual provide our city's children with safe, reliable transportation to the dozens of mentoring agencies? Raising a child not only takes a village, it takes a van!

Frances Taylor

Memphis

Cut NPR Funds

After the firing of liberal commentator Juan Williams by NPR for simply saying the truth about those in Muslim garb at airports, it is time to cut taxpayer funding to this left-wing public radio outlet.

Recently, billionaire George Soros gave NPR $1.8 million and is the principle backer of anticonservative, anti-American organizations MoveOn.org and Media Watch, whose only goal is to destroy conservative causes and the Fox News channel. It is now clear NPR only exists to promote extreme left-wing viewpoints, and taxpayers should not bear the burden anymore.

John Jacobs

Memphis

Fincher

I believe voters should send Stephen Fincher to Congress. For far too long, the voters have sent college-educated lawyers, doctors, engineers, and economists to Washington, and look at the mess these over-educated folks have created.

Stephen Fincher is a graduate of the renowned Crockett County High School and is unencumbered by all the crazy stuff they teach in college. He will bring a high school graduate's clear thinking to Congress. Contrary to published reports, Fincher has held elective office. According to his website, he was elected president of his men's Bible study group in Frog Jump.

In a representative democracy, all voices have an equal right to be heard. For too long, the voices of the uneducated have been drowned out by politicians with college diplomas. Fincher will speak for the millions of Americans who are either too poor, too stupid, or too lazy to get an education.

Robert T. Koenig

Bartlett

Stripped

I was ticked off after I read Bianca Phillips' article, "Stripped Down" (October 21st issue). I didn't think the Supreme Court would let the County Commission's resolution stand.

I hadn't been to a strip club in years, until two weeks ago, when a friend had his bachelor party at the newly reopened Gold Club. Our party probably spent $700 over the course of a couple of hours, and I'm certain that some of that has found its way into the county coffers. If the new laws come into effect, these clubs will close and remove not only an important source of tax revenue for the city and county but also a source of employment for several hundred people. If you don't like strip clubs, just stay at home and keep your morals to yourself.

Paul Morris

Memphis

Corrections: In last week's "Stripped Down" story, the names of U.S. District Court judge Bernice Donald and Gary Veasey were misspelled.

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To Jim Brasfield,

'With preachers spewing hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness from hundreds of pulpits…’,
Jim, did you really visit hundreds of churches here in Memphis? I agree, there are always extremists in any institution. True Church doctrine from an historical perspective does not allow for unjustified hatred or bigotry. Hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness is often a necessary course of action for survival. We hate those that murder our families. We separate ourselves from those that would cause us to learn bad habits such as stealing, cheating, murder, etc. Everyone has a worldview that has opposition to another and this is the definition of bigotry. Not all people agree on the main tenets of reality or truth; this is bigotry. It should be asked as to what moral absolute you are making an appeal to in saying that hatred or divisiveness is wrong? If there are no moral absolutes in our world, then this I merely subjective and arbitrary whim.

‘A recent survey showed that atheists know far more about religion than supposedly religious people do.’ Which survey was this, and was every Christian on earth surveyed? I study Theology quite heavily and I wasn’t aware of this survey? Most atheists’ knowledge of the Bible is from an historical and literary perspective rather than from true hermeneutical principles. I had an Old Testament Survey class at University of Memphis and it was totally devoid of the deeper Theological implications.

‘ Most so-called religious people operate purely from emotion and are blindly led by any forceful and charismatic preacher.’ Have you known all so-called religious people at all times and in all places to know this? I’m sure some do and I’ve met a few, but not all. For you to even state this assumes that you have true Theological knowledge or some special revelation to make this assessment.

‘They regard science as a tool of the devil and logic..’ If one studies history, most of our early scientists attributed the work of God to their discoveries. The new Intelligent design movement can often infer a designer such as a God. They reverse-engineer a complex and specified, irreducible system that has never been seen to have occurred by natural law, even given eons of time. Logic and reason is an absolute and immaterial truth that cannot be accounted for by philosophical naturalism. It is only justified with an absolute and personal source. Logic is not derived empirically by observation, as observation only tells one how things are, not how they must logically be. Only the Christian God is such a Being. For science to even work, it requires that natural law remain generally uniform. How can an atheist justify that tomorrow will be like the past without begging the question? Once again, only an absolute and trustworthy Being can sustain natural law in general uniformity.

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Posted by CHG on 10/31/2010 at 12:44 PM

CHG's logic can be summed up as such "We don't know, so it must be god".

I haven't known all CHGs that have lived through all time, but I know this one.

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Posted by 38103 on 10/31/2010 at 1:53 PM

Build that wall a bit higher Charles.

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Posted by mad_merc on 10/31/2010 at 3:25 PM

Let me see if I can do this like Charles...

First he says..."True Church doctrine from an historical perspective does not allow for unjustified hatred or bigotry." Then in the very next sentence...."Hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness is often a necessary course of action for survival." So which is it Charles? Is bigotry allowed or not? Or is it one of those the end justifies the means type situations?

"I had an Old Testament Survey class at University of Memphis and it was totally devoid of the deeper Theological implications. " Just how many ways can you interpret a burning bush that talks? Or did I completely miss the point of Lot's daughters getting him drunk in order to have sex with him? Maybe the laws about how to treat your slaves was really all just allegory.

"For you to even state this assumes that you have true Theological knowledge or some special revelation to make this assessment. " So are you saying that you have the one and only "true theological knowledge" or was it simply a special revelation only to you Charles?

Your ignorance is only surpassed by your over inflated (and completely misguided) sense of superiority.

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Posted by mad_merc on 11/01/2010 at 4:19 AM
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