Readers Write: July 1

Let churches decide on same-sex couples

The Supreme Court has spoken and the right to same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Churches have long been recognized by the state as having the authority to perform marriage ceremonies considered valid by the state. That should not change. However, each church should be allowed to determine whether they will convey the blessing of Holy Matrimony to those seeking to be married under their authority. This is not a change. Some churches today will not marry previously divorced persons. There are going to be plenty of mainline churches fully prepared to meet the wishes of those seeking same-sex marriage. I hope that those that wish not to will be allowed to do so in peace.


Tragedy used for liberal agenda

I can’t say absolutely that it is true, but it has been written that, while at an evening gala at the White House, President Abraham Lincoln was informed Gen. Lee had surrendered his forces to Gen. Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Instead of giving a speech, Lincoln turned to the band and said “Play Dixie.” It is unfortunate that elements in today’s society, including the president, are attempting to turn a national tragedy to serve their political ends by using it to support liberal agendas on gun control and their attempt to rewrite history by banning flags, changing names of parks, schools and streets to suit their limited historical perspective. It is time for us now to stand up and tell them that they are overreaching and this nonsense needs to stop.


America’s new meaning

June 26, 2015 — a date that will live in infamy for Americans who believe God sanctioned marriage between a man and woman. On that day, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Not only that, the Supreme Court did more than legalize same-sex marriage. They marginalized Christianity and strengthened Iran’s claim that America is the great Satan. Thanks to President Barack Obama, more wicked change has come to America. Because of the change, America the Beautiful has a different meaning. Solomon said, “A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.” America has become the beautiful woman who lacks discretion. For this reason, the song, “America the Beautiful,” must be revised to reflect the new reality: “America! America! God shed his contempt on thee. Have corrupted thy good, by legalizing every sin it could. From sea to shining sea.”