Activist judges shouldn’t be able to trump voters’ will
What was the point of putting Amendment One on the ballot if an activist judge in Asheville could reverse it? The people of North Carolina voted against gay marriage, yet it gets crammed down our throats anyway.
I’m not against love, but I am for the will of the people. Our representative government failed us once again.
Jeff A. Gregory
In response to “The dangerous march toward same-sex marriage” (Oct. 12 Feedback):
Rev. Harris doesn’t understand the basic role of judges
It is unfortunate that Rev. Mark Harris cannot grasp the basic constitutional and historical truth that political majorities frequently trample the fundamental rights of individuals, so vividly demonstrated by North Carolina’s Amendment One. This is precisely why our Constitution’s framers created an independent judiciary and a Bill of Rights, bolstered later by the Fourteenth Amendment. And despite endless yelps to the contrary, no one can coherently demonstrate that same-sex couples exercising freedom to marry violate anyone else’s religious liberty.
Michael S. Weiss
‘Cafeteria Christianity’ picks and chooses to confirm views
Stone a disrespectful son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)?
Stone an adulterer (Leviticus 20:10)?
Deny heaven to a wealthy man (Mark 10:21-25)?
If Rev. Harris does not support all of these practices, he is preaching the worst kind of “cafeteria Christianity,” choosing focused Scripture while ignoring parts of the Bible with uncomfortable conclusions.
Scripture can’t provide spiritual nourishment when presented as a short, limited cafeteria line, where Christians are offered hypocritical and lazy theology; they will still not be fed. Cafeteria Christians do not realize that spiritual nourishment requires more than an a la carte reading of the Bible.
Jim and Kate Culbreth
Enough of Senate, gay marriage; let’s talk abortion
I am totally disgusted with two things that have taken over the news recently. First, I am tired of hearing the lies Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan tell on each other. Second, I am sick of the arguments for and against same sex marriage. It will be and there is no use wasting money and fighting over it. According to my Bible it is a sin; however, it is a sin between two consenting adults. It in no way impacts my life.
I would love to see more battles over abortion. Now that is something to fight about. It is murder.
Jacqueline A. Simpson
Given locals’ track record, watch sales tax money closely
I’m in favor of raising teacher pay and funding the libraries, but how can we be guaranteed that the money won’t wind up being used to fund another stadium upgrade for the millionaires who own the Panthers and Hornets or the Trolley Folly?
Considering the abysmal track record and reputation that local government has as stewards of our tax dollars, we need to make sure that the referendum’s language is crystal clear. Even supporters of the referendum admit that the language is vague. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Free ride, education is pay enough for college athletes
Entitlement for athletes is a college education given by the college. College is academia not athleticia. With diploma in hand the student athlete can expect to earn at least $1 million more in a lifetime than non-graduates. That plus a free ride with a $100,000 education is gift enough. I received no “ride” and worked in a BBQ joint among other jobs to attend college without taking crip courses or non-existent courses. I love sports, but let’s all remember it is a game not academics.
In response to “MeckEd should have used event to build bridges” (Oct. 13 Forum):
Political speech offensive only when you disagree with it
I wonder if Tom Davis is as concerned about non-profit organizations like Americans for Prosperity “delving into politics this close to a mid-term election” as he is about MeckEd having a highly respected, former, four-term governor of the State of North Carolina, known for his strong leadership in increasing teacher compensation and establishing performance metrics for our public schools, as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraising event. My mind and my gut both tell he probably is not.