This is my new evening prayer:
"Dear God, please help America. The Democrats are now in power, and they believe in abortion. They believe in raising my taxes. They believe in global-warming claims, gay marriage and amnesty for illegal immigrants. These are but a few of the mistakes they intend to inflict upon us.
"I will pray for the Democrats and for America, because I truly believe that this upcoming 110th Democratic Congress will lead us straight to hell. Amen."
Mary T. Murnan, Omaha
News organizations are doing an extremely accurate job of informing the public about the number of soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. I feel very bad for every life that has been lost. I admire the service our military provides to keep our country free.
So, if every life is very important, then why don't news organizations inform us that every day more than 3,600 babies on average are killed using abortion, a practice approved and fought for by the Democratic Party and supported through the party platform?
It appears to me that the reporting of the deaths in Iraq is a political issue rather than a real concern for life, since these news organizations, in my opinion, also strongly support abortion by their refusal to report those deaths daily.
Ron G. Becker, Omaha
(from the Omaha World-Herald, Public Pulse section)
I'm sorry, but I've really had it with these self-righteous blow-hards. They think there are only two sides to this: Theirs (which is anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-anything-they-don't-particularly-approve-of), and the "liberals" (also known as the people-who-are-going-straight-to-hell).
I'm a Christian. I'm also considered a political liberal because I believe that homosexuals are born that way (rather than making a choice about their sexuality), they should be allowed to marry (and, yes, I'm using the "M" word purposefully) and adopt children.
I also believe every woman has a right to choose whether or not to bring her pregnancy to full term.
I also believe that the right (and responsibility) to choose begins long before conception.
That means you choose (both men and women) whether to use contraceptives when having sex.
Step back once more, and that means you choose whether to have sex at all. There are too many people (both men and women) who try to substitute a sexual relationship for self-esteem, for dealing with loneliness, for the real intimacy between human beings which requires work and sacrifice and taking appropriate chances on love.
Step back once more, and that means you choose whether to be involved with someone in the first place.
Step back once more, and that means you have to be honest with yourself.
Some people get all up in arms about teaching Sex Education in the schools. I think it needs to be taught -- completely and without glossing over anything -- to both the kids and their parents. I think it needs to include more than sexual intercourse. It needs to include issues of self-esteem, co-dependent relationships, that nasty habit some people (especially women, it seems) have of thinking they can "rescue" someone with love. It needs to include how to handle your emotions (anger, happiness, frustration) without resorting to sexuality for expression.
The problems of this nation -- and of the world -- can't be laid in the lap of one group of people, whether they are "liberals," "baby-killers," or even the self-righteous and self-appointed religious zealots (and I'm talking about Christians as well as others).
The problems are with individuals who don't know how to function peaceably in a whole society.
Now, go back to your Bible and read Colossians 3. Here's a nice excerpt:
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:8-17 (NIV)