Newspaper Editor Letter Exchange - Part 1
Christian Religious Right venting their hostilities in newspaper editor letter exchangeLetter writing to a editor (especially small ultra-conservative news-papers like the Douglas County Sentinel) has severe limitations -- if the point of view is other than conservative Christian. In a small ultra-conservative news papers like: Douglas County Sentinel in Douglas County, Georgia (and there many such newspapers throughout the country) letters to the editor reach a limited number of people. The Douglas County Sentinel also tries its best to present a conservative Christian point of view; I understand this, for that is where their paid subscribers are. An excellent way to reach a large number of people, is a web site such as this. I doubt if very many young people even read the newspaper, but these young people and students are being instructed in computers. Computer literate students are entering the Internet daily and are being exposed to a vast amount of information, some good and some bad. Libraries may ban books, newspapers may present their slanted view, but the Internet is unrestricted. An inquisitive person or student can find a world of information at his or her fingertips. The inquisitive person my even be exposed to some very critical question about God and the horrors of the Bible.
Organizations that are growing in popularity, easy to reach by young people and students on computers with Internet connections include: Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (M.A.A.F.)-Web site for active duty and retired military. Young Atheists and freethinkers considering entering the military, have a web site to meet other like minded people. Maybe, one day religious folks will quit telling that old lie, "there are no Atheists in fox holes." The Secular Humanist Summer Camp A Secular Humanist Summer Camp set up for children, The Campus Freethought Alliance - National umbrella organization for college student freethought groups, Young Freethinkers Alliance - National umbrella organization for high school student freethought groups and a List of Student Organizations
What causes the hateful, judgmental rhetoric associated with radical religions like the Conservative Christians and Islamic Taliban? A quote: "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." -Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue - The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 8-16-93
A sampling of hateful Letters to Editor is shown on this page and on pages: Continuation of page one , page 2 and Hateful recorded telephone messages. It is people like this that demand prayer and the Ten Commandments in our public schools -- scary people indeed!
Letter exchange to the editor from -- 1986 to 1989
Douglas County Sentinel September 11, 1986 - Football game invocations are being threatenedComment: Ron Tishaw attended a meeting with local ministers, where the public high school football pre-game prayers issue was discussed. Ron Tishaw sent a letter to the editor of our local newspaper, that was very effective in stirring up hatred in the Christian community. After being subjected to this much terror from a low class of Christians in the community; I often wonder, whom are the politicians trying to impress with their public prayers. Is it this low class of Christians? If it is, it is like the tail wagging the dog.
Douglas County Sentinel September 25, 1986 - Christians must fight to continue prayingComment: I find it interesting, some Christians of Douglas County, Georgia, need a public address system (provided by the government) and a audience in order to pray. No one ever stopped anyone from praying -- silently, at home or at their church of choice. Also, the misconception in many of the newspaper letter exchange to the editor, that this country is founded on Christianity.
Douglas County Sentinel July 5, 1989 - Angry over stopping prayer
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Newspaper editor letter exchange