Thank you, Ms. Phillips, for this wonderful article. The proposed law of which you write would serve only to hurtle us back through time and deprive children of loving, two-parent families. Although life in my home became dismal after Mom's death and Dad's subsequent remarriage, not one of my seven adopted and foster brothers and sisters chose to go back into the system. It would be tragic to keep children in a flawed system while loving potential adoptive parents go childless because of a law based on ignorance, narrow-mindedness and fear. I beg the supporters of such a law to imagine themselves losing all claims to their own beloved children upon the death of a spouse. Please, people, don't allow your own biases to tear homeless children from the arms of those who would love and care for them. We fear what we don't understand, and we can't understand what we don't know. This past weekend, I sat at a table of volunteers who gave their Saturday night to prepare a large mailout for our local Humane Society. The gay couple at my table had put in a hard day's work in their family's business and had surely earned an evening of rest and recreation. Yet they came directly from work and devoted several hours to helping homeless animals. As I watched these fine young men work, it occurred to me what excellent parents and role models they would be for any child. I only wish my own father, a fundamentalist preacher, had been half as loving.
Re Frank Boone's question,"Would it be too much for you (the Flyer) to find a conservative blogger you like?" At the risk of being presumptuous, I will field this question. My answer is "Yes, Frank, yes it would".
Thank you, Reverend Turner, for this courageous, well-thought-out and well-written article. I grew up in a fundamentalist religion that forbade the use of the title "reverend", but in your case, it fits. You are the epitome of all that is, or at least should be, Christianity.
Even with a doctorate in the linguistics field, I can't find the words to describe how much I loved this rant. So, I'll just copy the beer commercial and say, "Brilliant!"
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Thanks to Sherry Anderson for an excellent letter. And, thanks to the Flyer for printing same.
Oops. It's "perpetrated", not "perpertrated".
Re Mr. Gillihan's comment: In the words of the cave man on the TV ad, "Uh, what?" If one believes in humanism, evolution and naturalism, then there are no absolute morals against the kind of horrific cruelty perpertrated on Vick's dogs? Again, "Uh, what?"
Gillihan claims UFC fighters are forced to fight to avoid "minimal" wage jobs. If one follows Gillihan's logic, then all fast food workers, security guards, etc. who are strong and muscular must immediately enter the ring. One final time, "Uh, what?"
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