What They Said (December 11, 2014) … 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — Tennessee Democrats, Bill Cosby, sanitation workers, and that atheist billboard.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
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About Jackson Baker's Politics

column, "State Democrats Down But Not Out" ...

Oh, what a sad, sorry spectacle is the Tennessee Democratic party. No doubt, they realize now they need to be even more conservative if they have any hope of delivering the first absolute majority in the Re-unreconstructed Confederacy.

But I do hope my fellow Baptists in Germantown, Bartlett, Cordova, and parts unknown see Brian Kelsey dancing and finally see him for the unrepentant sinner that he truly is. Dancing, as we all know, is an abomination in the eyes of God and makes the baby Jesus cry. Any man who would dance in public (and at the birthday party of a godless Democrat!) has no business representing the good people of these communities.


About Ruth Ogles Johnson's Viewpoint, "Hail the Man" ...

We have to degrade other professions we feel are beneath us, performed by people we feel are beneath us, so we feel better about the jobs we don't like but that afford us the lifestyle that justifies said job that we don't like.


Too bad our sanitation workers can't clean up the mess some of our politicians make.

Pamela Cate

About Wendi C. Thomas' Truth Be Told column, "The Cosby Show" ...

In addition to the fact that all of these [Cosby] stories are so similar, there are a couple of other things that convince me Cosby is a serial rapist. One, although his lawyer does, Cosby never disputes the validity of the claims. He just remains silent. That makes me wonder whether the settlement he reached out of court with one of his victims has a clause whereby if he denies the truth of the matter asserted he will owe additional monies. Also, if the claims are untrue, why is his lawyer not bringing slander and libel claims against some, or all, of these women? Maybe some of them don't have enough money for him to bother suing but, clearly, some of his victims do.

Robert Rawson

Even more disappointing to me than the crumbling of my respect for this man, after decades of crafting some of the best humor ever created in America, bar none, is the way I have to explain to my kids, who see this on television, what it is that we are discussing in such angry tones. Because it's everywhere. And even my 4-year-old asked me what all the adults were upset about.


About Chris Davis' post, "Atheists Launch Christmas Billboard Campaign" ...

Certainly atheists have a perfect right to put up any billboard advertising they wish, as do religious groups. Such advertising is undoubtedly free speech.

But what this billboard is trying to accomplish, I don't know. The purport is to stop parents from taking their children to church on Christmas, manifestly a private event among the worshippers who are present. What about that is so important that a group would go to the time and expense of erecting a billboard to fight it? And further to denigrate someone else's heartfelt belief as a fairy tale?

Arlington Pop

I think maybe if you don't like the billboard you should ignore it. I ignore all the Bellevue billboards and such. Even when I'm on my way to church.

And kids deserve freedom of (and from) religion just as much as anybody else. There's no age limit specified in that First Amendment. 

I suspect the billboard's authors wanted to see the Christian right with their panties all in a wad. By that measure, it's a rousing success.


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