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In response to Mr. Brooks’ letter

By From page A8 | January 05, 2014

This is in response to a response Mr. CD Brooks (“Read website for responses to letter,” Jan. 2) made about the letter I wrote (“Where have Christian rights gone?” Dec. 28): As a U.S. citizen and a veteran, I feel it my right to say something when I see an injustice being done to a group of people because of their religious beliefs.

When I see people’s rights being disregarded because this country has passed a law as same-sex marriage, and then having someone’s child use a bathroom of the opposite sex and trying to make it look right, I feel I have to say something about it.

As I’ve said, I don’t care what a group of people do. It’s their right to practice what they want to, but don’t force it upon people of Christian beliefs when we feel it to be wrong by our beliefs. Fascism and communism did the same thing: tell the people it was for the good of the people. You know where that ended up because of their beliefs.

So if people have to practice something as a group, don’t overreact by telling other people it’s for their own good.

Lloyd Willmschen


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Discussion | 9 comments

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  • Jason KnowlesJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Is anyone forcing this crackpot to marry another man? His third paragraph contradicts his entire letter.

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  • Dave ShreeveJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:39 am

    You obviously are missing his point and would rather demonize him by calling him a crackpot instead of considering what he has to say. If a person with sincerely held religious beliefs opposed to gay marriage does not want to provide a service for a gay wedding such as baking a wedding cake or taking pictures of the ceremony, they are now being forced to by some recent judicial rulings to do so. The recent case in New Mexico springs to mind. Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-a are other examples of attempts to force Christians to violate sincerely held religious beliefs in the name of "the common good". In society today it has become easy to mock Christians and Jews over their sincerely held religious beliefs, and the person doing the mocking generally has little to fear in reprecussions. However any attempt to mock gays and other "protected classes" is met with immediate and severe pushback and demonization.

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  • JoshJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Wasn't there a time when people didn't want to perform weddings for interracial marriages because it was against the bible too?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 05, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Mr. Shreeve, one's religious beliefs does not give them a right to characterize innocent citizens as bad or subhuman. Christians have a habit of that and feel justified in doing so. Mr. Willmschen likes to cite Communism as the down side to our legal system. How about third world countries and how well they survive under religious rule? Without Constitutional law, religion becomes a terrorist regime.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Good job Lloyd! I knew you'd bring that religious hypocritical nonsense to justify your hateful point of view. No worries though, it is typical. Lloyd apparently doesn't feel the need to answer to his fans in this forum.

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  • rlw895January 04, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Christians are not an abused majority in America.

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  • JoshJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:59 am

    How is gay marriage being forced on you? If you don't like gay marriage, don't marry a man, Lloyd. No one is forcing anything.

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  • Mr. PracticalJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Lloyd's comments regarding having these issues "forced" upon him and not telling people things are for their own good, are priceless considering Art Zacher's column in today's paper.

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  • PornacJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Practice mindfulness. Keeps me out of trouble, most of the time. Got to have fun once in a while.

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