Letters to the editor

Posted: March 8, 2013

Gay marriage a ‘justice issue’

This is a brief response to Scott Evans’ Open Forum, titled “Gay Marriage,” published March 6.

I don't have the time or space to address all the issues Mr. Evans raises, but historical studies on these texts reveals a couple things: First, the Biblical authors had no understanding that a person might be born with a homosexual orientation. For them it was viewed as a moral choice. But today we know people have very little choice about their sexual orientation. It is either genetic or formed so early that it’s pretty well fixed at a young age.

I didn’t choose to be a heterosexual. I was born with that orientation. Nor do I consider my heterosexuality a “lifestyle” — it is who I am! For the Biblical authors, homosexuality was viewed as unnatural because they believed everyone was naturally born heterosexual.

Second, for the Biblical authors, homosexuality was also associated with temple prostitution and idolatry. No wonder they condemned it. As was the case with slavery and women’s leadership in the church, too often those of us who are Christian hide behind Scripture, rigidly interpreted, to mask our own prejudice.

Today there are many Christians and Christian denominations that support same-sex marriage. We don’t do this because of relativism or because of accommodation to “liberal” cultural values. We believe God blesses committed, loving relationships regardless of sexual orientation. We believe that denying homosexual couples the right to marry is a justice issue and a violation of their civil rights.

John D. Copenhaver Jr.

Prof. of Religion and Philosophy

Shenandoah University

Why honor an occupier?

Well, Larry Yates, it appears you have done a bit of reading on Gens. Early and Milroy. It is also quite clear you have swallowed the revisionist version of the root causes and events of the War of Northern Aggression put forth by the politically correct liberals seeking to justify Lincoln’s illegal invasion of the sovereign Southern states.

Secession was not illegal in 1860. In fact, some states reserved the right to withdraw from the union while ratifying the Constitution, if they deemed the federal government was overstepping its bounds. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation only applied to slaves in states or counties that seceded. Imagine that, if you stayed on his side, you got to keep your slaves.

Why would any locality desire to name a street or anything else for an occupying general who put families out of their homes and was an arrogant, pompous-ass bully?

From the tone of your comments, you seem to have retained some of his traits. Is he in your family tree?

I’ll pass on the debate. I once heard that it was as much a sin to argue with an idiot as it was to beat a cripple. I don’t care to have to answer for that one.

Allen Boyd

Frederick County

No ‘bitter pills,’ remove shackles

Citizens, contact your federal representatives about the cost of health care documented in Time magazine’s “Bitter Pill” issue. Get them to remove the shackles they imposed on Medicare's ability to negotiate medication costs!

It is good entitlement reform, too. To show their “independence,” they can do it and still keep the “campaign contributions” from the pharmaceutical companies.

James Walsh

Stephens City

Do we pet horses, or eat them?

Last week, food safety officials in the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.

Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the United States between 2007 and 2011. But now, a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat.

I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates, while condemning cows, pigs, and chickens to the same fate. Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors, and sports protagonists, rather than as food. But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience, and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness, and fear that we do?

Fortunately, our health-food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Their delicious soy and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.

Nelson Vrooman


Hats off to WMC

On Feb. 14, around 2 a.m., I wound up in Winchester Medical Center. The people who took me were very nice.

I want to thank all the personnel who worked on me in the hospital, from top to bottom. I was supposed to have tests made at the office of my doctor. But since I was in the hospital, they took care of all of the tests.

I was released on Saturday, Feb. 16, and I want to thank everyone who took care of me because I think they did a great job.

Also, due to the flu outbreak, there’s a lot of visiting restrictions. That was handled nicely for my family and friends. Thanks again, and my hat is off to all.

Garland “Jerry” Reid

Frederick County