We’ll take a different route this week. Often in this space, we opine on what’s wrong in our community or city government. We would be remiss in our duties if we didn’t do that, but it’s also equally important for us to bring light to what is right in the San Pedro Valley.
Please allow me the grace to respond to your editorial on Aug. 12, 2015. I do appreciate your carefully worded article to allow us, me, the benefit of the right to believe the foundational tenet of our faith, the Bible, and the right to practice it freely per the First Amendment of the U S Constitution. But, I would like to address the closing statement that we Christians should recognize change, and set aside the Bible as a good book, but perhaps an outdated one. It was a bit of a stretch to equate the color of one’s skin for acceptance to a judgment about a moral behavior, which has been deemed by most cultures as immoral and unacceptable.
This is my reply to Rev. Blair’s reply to my recent [July 29] letter to the editor regarding his—and other pastors’—crusade to deny homosexuals the opportunity to marry in their churches.
Lest there be any confusion: I am Robert E. Dahlquist of Benson, and not Robert A. Dahlquist of Orange, Calif. I want to reassure the community that I did not write that unfortunate letter to the editor in last week’s News-Sun(Aug. 12 issue).
It came down like a ton of bricks when word of an alleged improper relationship between a Benson school administrator and a student began to surface more than a few weeks ago. And while reports of such incidents seem to grow in frequency across the nation, you never really think this is going to happen in your neck of the woods — until it does.
As one of the ‘Benson Seven’ who signed the resolution against homosexual marriage, I would like to respond to Mr. Gill’s response. The Bible does have some passages that are difficult to understand in today’s economy of knowledge, reason, and truth. This does not mean the majority of the Bible’s teachings fall under that category. Here are a few that are easily understood in its pronouncements.
Debate rages nearly two months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are to be legally recognized in every state of the union.
Arizona is at a half-million, and counting.
In the November elections, America gave the Republicans a mandate to stop President Obama and the Democrats from wrecking this country, and we expect that this carnage be stopped and reversed. Republicans now say they want to cooperate with Obama so he will move to the middle. Americans don’t want to hear this nonsense because Obama is a leftist who hates our Constitution and deliberately circumvents it.
On D-Day, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower did not tell his troops we were going to defeat the National Socialists so we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the Earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs and everything they stood for.
Much to our chagrin, GOP House Speaker Boehner and all but 67 House Republicans joined Obama and the Democrats to repeal Section 716 in the Omnibus spending bill. Section 716 was included to prevent government bailout of Wall Street trading losses in speculative credit swap derivatives. Obama knew the contempt voters have for Wall Street bailouts when he told bankers he was the only thing between them and the pitchforks.
Robert A. Dahlquist
No more pencils no more books … we all know the saying, although that old adage is from times gone past. A time when school was probably not at the forefront of our youngster’s minds, especially not in late July and early August.