What They Said (April 16, 2015) 

Letters and comments from Flyer readers — Bibles, snakes, atheists, guns, and Jack Sammons.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
  • Greg Cravens

About Bianca Phillips' post, "Tennessee Senate, House Committees Approve Bill to Make Bible Official State Book" ...

I hope this is but the first step. Next we should have the State Bible Verse, the State Hymn, the State Church, the State Tongue in Which to Speak, and, finally, the State Serpent for Handling.


I clicked on this headline fully expecting to see "Parody" tucked somewhere discreetly on the page. Seriously, is this real life?


No, it's not parody. Parody died in this Tennessee Legislature shortly after the right-wing clown car drove into Nashville. This is about pandering to the large segment of this state who couldn't care less about such arcane concepts as, say, the First Amendment. They think the "establishment" clause is a liberal plot — if they've ever heard of it in the first place.

Kilgore Trout

I'm so glad that I live in a state with amazing education, no poverty, no unemployment, infrastructure in excellent condition, and a fully insured populace. It makes me feel better about paying our legislators to pass laws that do absolutely nothing.


Bible today, Koran tomorrow. Thanks, rubes.


About Chris Davis' cover story, "Godless in Memphis" ...

Of all the headlines that were out there, all you could come up with was the "catchy" headline: "Godless in Memphis"?

With all the negative perceptions people from around the country might have of our city, here's yet another one to add to their list: Memphis is Godless. Nice job keeping the Memphis reputation down.

What's next on your headline list? "Hail to ISIS"?

Phil Grey

I want to publically thank the American Atheists for holding their national convention in Memphis. After recently reading with disgust Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson fantasize about butchering an atheist family, I was a bit leery about the consequences for the many atheists left behind in Memphis. Would the convention manifest hostility and hatred toward atheists? 

The convention, however, went over without generating much controversy. And there were even a few positive articles about atheists, including the cover story, "Godless in Memphis," in the Memphis Flyer. Thank you!

Jason Grosser

About the Flyer's editorial "No to Vouchers" ...

If vouchers are fair and good for Christian schools, why would atheist and/or Islamic schools not get vouchers paid for by public money?

Who will complain loudest when their tax dollars are vouchered away to the First Islamic High School? Or to the Midtown Free Thinkers Institute?

Claude Barnhart

About Bruce VanWyngarden's Letter from the Editor, "NRA Foreplay in Nashville ...

Public parks are not private property. If I have the right to carry a gun on the sidewalk, obviously I have the right to carry it in a park.


Thank you, Jason! It's about time we did away with the unconstitutional tyranny of the Tennessee driving laws. If I want to do donuts in a playground in my SL550, then it is my right!


About Toby Sells' post, "Sammons Approved as CAO" ...

Wharton needed Sammons' capabilities, which apparently far exceeded Little's, and yet Little is so important to the administration that he will be working on what many consider to be the most challenging undertakings in the city. So what's the real deal here?


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