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6/7/2013 9:15:00 AM Letters to the editor: Morality defines what is important to life, liberty
For years religious values have been co-opted by opposing vacillations; religious themes ridiculed, or eroded in degraded strains of discourse, in cinema and TV, music performance, pop culture, psychology, behavior and law. Every religious tenet and icon has seen its insidious opposite cloaked as being more tolerant, more democratic, more rational, humane, contemporary, necessary or more inclusive. As a house falls who can say which brick yielded first? All the world societies suffer the primal woes of murder, greed, immoralities, and war. Some societies, at the bottom of their bag of quick fixes, alibi with a half-truth they’ve discovered: “Morality can’t be legislated.” Did we actually think that “Law makes a moral man.” In place of “Moral men enact and obey just law”? Truth is “The state can’t legislate morality.” How is it that they do not acknowledge the one institution that can legislate morality and its one Law of Love which undergirds all just law? Instead, improperly defined, religious motive is suspect and its articulation not politically correct outside its own walls. Day by day, a separation grows not just between state and Church, but between Church and the heart of man. Ominously, I think the 50/50 split in our country signals a tipping point. It is not too late — but soon may be. We should resist putting our religion behind doors; moreover, we need to put the State in its own place. We need our religious basis for living in society, not some generic humanistic beneficence as guide. Morality is not a majority opinion, contingent, wishy-washy, or a vote. Morality clearly defines what is critically important to life, liberty, peace and happiness. Religion’s place must be recognized as vital in the commonwealth and protected, because God’s Law is foundational. Where morality is corroded all building fails.
Pat Rudzinski Oglesby
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
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I have never been to a social gathering of any church in the are where the beer tent was not the center of focus. Right next to ithat beer tent was the wheel of chance and tows of t5ables with pull tabs. Inn a corner almost out of site one might find food and soft drinks. Watching 12 and up beating on a number with a glass of brew is quite moral indeed. A trip around Hegler park over the weekend would surly give one a lesson in morals. Money, drink, games of chance and sex are top priorities in the valley, at all functions. one can wish for something other than that but those my friend are the cold hard facts.
Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013
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You do not need religion to be, or teach, morality. I am one of many who was taught morality by my parents and I took their teachings above any from my church. Seriously look at your own upbringing and I believe you will see most of what you hold as morals came from your parent(s). The challenge is finding ways to be sure the people who are raising our planets youth are implanting morals that will be constructive and not destructive.
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