Thank you, Dan.
One other thing I found amusing about the missive is the posturing about why things have come to the point they have. Apparently the Christian "good guys" have been turning the other cheek in such situations. As a result the [special] "rights of Christians" (to force their beliefs on others?) has become jeopardized.
I make no claim regarding the writer, whom I have not met. But generally people active in favor of the U.S. Constitution have not experienced gentle treatment from their opponents. I refer to Jessica Ahlquist, a very brave publicly acknowledged atheist.
As soon as she came out of the closet many of her classmates gasped and an equally brave girl called her "a little witch" under her breath.
Then she protested what was clearly a prayer plaque, including an "Amen" in her public high school auditorium. As her lawsuit progressed she received hate mail and was verbally attacked by her peers, media outlets, and online. She received death threats, and required police escorts to and from classes. This was reminiscent of the Deep South over school integration, by the way, and it happened in Rhode Island. On the day after the ruling, Rhode Island State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, one of the nicest and most reasonable people ever, called Ahlquist as "an evil little thing" on the radio.
"America is fast on its way to becoming a secular, Godless society." This may be the one factually accurate statement in the entire letter. The percentage of our population that are non-believers is about 20% and growing fast. There are at least two reasons this is a good thing:
1. Non-believers generally defend the rights of citizens to worship without letting one denomination impose doctrine or dominate others. This makes the public square neutral ground where all citizens, whether from a majority religion, a minority religion, or no religion at all, can participate equally.
2. In most religious traditions, notions of morality are static with no self-correction mechanism. Thus when certain positions become untenable (slavery for example, which is specifically endorsed in Exodus 21), the correction is difficult and contentious. By de-coupling morality to ancient myths, non-believers are able to rationally and objectively advance our moral understanding.
The fact that more Americans are becoming non-believers definitely has me giving thanks this coming holiday season.
Wow. Seriously? Where to begin? The very fact that writer sneers at people of the opposite view actually underscores the problem. By having *any* public prayers forced upon all attendees at a Town Board meeting every citizen present who is not enslaved by the author's Santa Claus "thinking" is marginalized to a second-class citizen. America actually was established as a "secular" nation in the sense that freedom of religion entails freedom *from* religion. Guess what? You can still have your clearly religious displays on private property, including homes, churches and any land that is not paid for by all taxpayers.
People who are free of dogmatic religion are not joyless "Grinches" just because the writer cannot imagine otherwise. I actually was amused, rather than offended by the classically proud ignorance of the letter. (Thank you!) Speaking of ignorance, I wonder if she has even heard of the pre-Christian origins of every holiday mentioned except Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day? I don't expect her to agree with such absurdity, but it would be nice if she were at least exposed to these silly, inconvenient facts.
Have a Happy Winter Solstice!
- Bill Forward
The latest unemployment rate in Atlantic City was 12.6%. The most recent unemployment rate in Las Vegas was 9.2%. The most recent unemployment rate in PA was 7.7% and drum roll please...the unemployment rate in NY was 7.6%.
I mentioned Atlantic City and Las Vegas because of their high profile status as casino gambling meccas. I mentioned Pennsylvania because of the fracking's promise of jobs. These unemployment figures kind of shoot down the lies told about fracking and casinos as job saviors. Yes, of course they create jobs, but many things create jobs.
And have you been to Atlantic City lately? It is still the tale of two worlds...on one side, there is the glitz of the casinos and right across the street are the homeless in extreme poverty.
Fracking and casinos are not solutions, they are problems and threats.
What is your point. The victory must still be earned. The status quo WILL be repudiated. The good ol boy network will be handed a bitter defeat and I LOVE it!!
“So let's repudiate those who are trying to obstruct the victory that Ms. Warren will rightfully claim on November 5.”
Is this the same Bill Johnson who a couple of weeks ago was encouraging Warren’s supporter to go to the polls next month because her election WASN’T a foregone conclusion given the advent of the Richards’ shadow campaign?
To say the least, I was disappointed in your newspaper endorsement of a man who says he is not running for mayor. You insistence on this "endorsement" smacks of the old guard believing the sky is falling when ever there is a probable transfer of power. It also is highly insensitive to a person you claim to support in that you insist on separating his desire to care for his family from a dubious public duty to which he owes no one. I am also tired of your misstatement of Council President Lovely Warrens support of public schools. She does support them. She simply believes as I do that education hungry city parents and children should not be held hostage to the city school district's failures. She correctly says, "parents need options". In additions she says in response to questions about city take over of schools, the superintendent needs to be given the opportunity to work out the solutions. Furthermore, you assume that Lovely's not spelling out all of her strategies is a weakness. Rather it is an important show of good leadership. She believes in including the constituents in crafting solutions. In addition she will as all good leaders do surround herself with competent staff and advisers. The current mayor stated when asked if he wanted to be mayor,"I want to be a grandfather more." Give the man and his family due respect. Also, elect an effective leader Lovely Warren who has the vision, compassion , competence and passion to be the mayor. She after all, represents the future of Rochester. Dr.Ruth H. Scott, former President of the Rochester City Council
There are people who believe in the Loch Ness Monster.
Her are people who believe in Bigfoot.
There are people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens (from Outer Space, not from Mexico).
There are even people who believe that Obama isn’t an American Citizen.
And to this gullibility list we can now add people who believe the bilge pumped out by the D&C about expanded local coverage and how the public benefits from a paper that’s degenerated to little more than a 4-color advertising circular stuffed with soft “news”.
"The RPO shot itself in both feet when it showed Arild Remmereit to the door, and I predict an extended period for recovery."
MARTIN FASS - Would that be the Same Arild Remmereit who just slammed a similar door on the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and its patrons, despite they're throwing him a life line which he may, or may not, have deserved?
As to the need to hear musical talent live, what's your opinion of Caruso? And what process will future generations use to evaluate Pavarotti? Care to go on the (ahem) "record"?
Teenagers and fights: My first thought after reading the article was, "Of course those kids are angry. They are sick and tired of living in poverty with no viable way OUT. " There are no jobs for them, precious little to motivate or encourage them to maintain hope that they can BE somebody and DO something meaningful. I'd be angry, too. Poverty is at the root of all evils in our city. Living with the deprivations and hopelessness every day is enervating. Let's see some work on THAT, instead of finger-pointing and posturing about who's at fault for the violent tendencies among the children.
While there was much that inflamed me in writer Tom Baglio's opinion on "Racism's Status" in the September 25 "Feedback", I would like to point out that the phrase, "among these the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness", is found in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution and as such is not enshrined in our body of laws.
The victims of Hitler's evil soul included Christians, Jews, atheists and other. Under Stalin 10 to 13 million Ukrainians were starved to death, mostly Christians. The Irish famine was not an accident. "Thousands of" baptized " Catholics fought and died to defeat Hitler and his anti-human super race.
In France under the Enlightenment France was "dechristianized" by the reign of terror. Nazism and Communism were both atheistic..
"To say that one is a Christian and yet act contrary to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth is not hypocrisy. It is a lie, and a very cruel one at that."
BILL GLASNER - And who has the right to decide when someone who believes and claims they are a Christian isn't REALLY a Christian? You? Me? The parish priest? The College of Cardinals? The Pope?
BOB VOLPE – I agree wholeheartedly. Except that calling City Newspaper, or even the D&C an "important public opinion leader" is laying it on a bit thick.
So ignoring the fact that someone has to be pretty simple-minded to care who a given newspaper endorses, I’ve always wondered why the media fails to avail themselves of a right given to them which is denied to we voters, namely the ability to designate “None of the Above” as their selection.
"Bart - There are a lot of things you don’t see. "
Huh? Do you honestly think the business climate in New York is wonderful? Do you believe Cuomo's ad campaign that New York is "Open for Business"? Yikes. Step away from that Kool-Aid.
Bart - There are a lot of things you don’t see. My deepest sympathies.
I did not see where Mr. Palermo presented any "facts" that businesses in New York always fail because of regulations and taxes. Maybe you have "facts" to back up your assertion. It's generally accepted, however, that New York State is extremely business-unfriendly and is described as a "tax hell". This certainly doesn't help those trying to create jobs here. The cable business channel CNBC ranked New York 50th out of the 50 states for business friendliness. The state rated 34th in having an overall hospitable climate toward business.
In July of last year Cuomo said that the state was running ads to address the perception that New York is unfriendly to business. “We’re not hiding that New York has had a reputation for being anti- business or problematic for businesses,” said Cuomo
Good luck with that.
Sam Palermo – I’m always amazed by the fact that businesses in New York always fail because of “stifling regulations and high taxes”, and never because of poor business skills, incompetent CEOs, or just plain bad management.
I still have no idea what you're talking about. That link was a search that showed people who were posting about the murals. (Again, here it is: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23walltherap…) I was not arguing about any link between anything. The vast majority of the comments were in support of the Wall Therapy program.
Your reading comprehension and leaps of logic are pretty funny.
Zack - So let's see. Your response to another poster ...
"Either way, a quick twitter search suggests that your opinion regarding these murals is not the majority. I'm guessing you don't use twitter."
....was a clear statement that you believe that there's a connection between not appreciating the murals and not using Twitter. I set out what I see as the connection and you disagreed. So pray tell, what IS the connection that you claim exists?
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