Letters for July 15, 2004

Re “Can’t find Bush’s Jesus in my Bible” (RN&R, View from the Fray, June 17):

You obviously do not read the Bible. You wrote, “Look past contentious issues such as abortion and gay marriage (issues not given play in the Christian Bible).”

Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.” That takes care of abortion, which is murder. Also see Deuteronomy 5:17.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “… or do you know that the ‘unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterer, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals shall inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.”

Homosexuality includes lesbianism. This answers the gay marriage issue. Both are sins by God’s laws.

You fret over lots of “free” money for welfare. There is no free lunch. You said nothing about seniors, who should be first. They paid their dues. They need relief from being taxed forever.

Clinton played golf with wealthy people. All presidents do.

A “global neighbor” were your words for Iraq. The satanic dictator was killing hundreds of thousands of people, just like Hitler and Stalin. The Iraqis are glad to be free and are thanking us for the help.

Thank you, Mr. Bush, for having the fortitude to do the job that Bill Clinton would not do. Clinton would rather disgrace the office of the president—fornicating with girls in the Oval Office.

Sorry Deidre, you missed the whole meaning of what the word of God is all about. It’s not a religious book. It is a book of rules set down by God the Father as a teacher to show us the way of salvation.

You mentioned “Remember WWJD?” I don’t know what WWJD stands for, so I can’t remember.

Yes, Jesus is a good model, but He is perfect, humans are not.

Richard and Betty Morse

Editor’s note: WWJD is an acronym for What Would Jesus Do?

Whose best friend?
Re “Doggone dog haters” (RN&R, Letters, July 8):

Trina Cooper sure raves about dogs in her letter. I wonder if she realizes that dogs are the most dangerous animal mankind keeps. Dogs bite millions of people a year; one of the most common childhood injuries is a dog bite. Recently in California, an elderly woman was nearly mauled to death by “man’s best friend.” Dogs disturb the peace with their mindless barking at all hours of the day and night. They chase cars, leave their waste where it falls, carry fleas and ticks, and lick their private parts before licking the owner’s face.

As for dogs that “helped us hunt for game” and “protect our livestock,” guess what? They were trained by people. Left to their own devices, dogs are predators of livestock. Take off your rose-colored glasses, Ms.Cooper.

She also foolishly states that dogs are “children for couples who couldn’t have children of their own.” Uh, has she ever heard of adopting a child?

Darin Reed

Bush doesn’t lack for preparation
After waiting in the wings for the announcement of Sen. Kerry’s presidential running mate, the Bush attack-machine has launched its first salvo, describing Senator Edwards as “unaccomplished.” This is indeed a case of the pot calling the kettle black: Who is more unaccomplished than George W? Apart from the fact that he was never a senator, George’s whole life has been a series of failed business ventures with bailouts by either Bush Senior and his friends, or the Saudi royalty. And for Bush to categorize anyone as “disingenuous” is laughable coming from someone who launched us into a preemptive invasion on phony, spurious grounds, while dismantling all of the clean air, clean water, labor protection and health laws possible, using Orwellian titles to distract those citizens who were not paying much attention.

Sen. Edwards came up the hard way, excelling in state schools as a scholar and an athlete, to become a self-made success representing small, powerless people against the corporate world; he grew up in a mill-working family, unlike the privileged, wealthy Connecticut family that provided George all of his connections, financing and advantages. Hopefully, the electorate will ignore the Bush fabrications.

Christine Rice
via e-mail

In the "15 Minutes" feature of our July 8 issue, we made reference to "KNPR." Reno’s public radio station is KUNR.