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Speak Out 2/28/12

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gay marriage

AS a local pastor, I'm against gay marriage. This doesn't mean I'm against gay people. I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman. If Missouri ever approves a bill making gay marriage or civil unions or domestic partnership legal, I still have an option to say, "Ask someone else to perform your service." No law can force me to marry anyone.

Birth control

BY a lopsided margin of 66 percent to 26 percent, Americans support President Barack Obama's proposal to require private health insurance plans to cover the full cost of birth control for women, according to a CBS/New York Times public opinion poll. But "oh no," our Republican state legislature as well as the U.S. Congress and Senate are going to try to pass a bill against it. Just more of their wasting of taxpayers' money. We are wasting our money paying them for doing nothing to help our country and state.

Population control

IF Obama is allowed to issue a mandate that forces insurance companies to provide free contraception to every woman, how much longer until he issues another that forces all women of childbearing age to use it? Until he mandates that all must obtain a government waiver to go off it or bear a child? Look at population control practices in China for the role model. Is this kind of government really what you want?

Red states

GUESS which states' residents call themselves conservatives but are most hooked on government earmarks? You guessed it. The red ones.

Contraceptive coverage

PLEASE understand as a practicing female Catholic, I see nothing wrong with President Obama's health care plan that includes contraceptive coverage and mandating that our church cover its employees. Many non-Catholics work for our church. They should not be discriminated against. As I understand it, more than 26 states already have this provision, and since 2000 this has been a part of the ruling of the Equal Opportunity Commission. For the Republican Party to take such a two-faced opposition to this is almost as ridiculous as the Catholic Church doing so. George Bush accepted this ruling and this will come out in any primary election. "ObamaCare" is the same program as the Heritage Foundation supported in the '80s and '90s. As women, we thought the battle to control when we had children was settled. To open this venue up is to literally give this election away. Let's get on with providing jobs and stop with the moralizing.

McCain, Graham

LEAVE it to Republican hawk Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to call for arming the rebels against the Syrian government, thereby strapping the taxpayer with even more debt.

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Dear Pastor....John 8, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone".

If you believe that homosexuality is wrong based on Biblical proof, fine. But may I remind you that the Bible also says not to eat pork or oysters...Just sayin'

-- Posted by Theorist on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 6:08 AM

Gay marriage: IMO just let the gays alone, if it is a sin in God's eye He will take care of them.

Birth control: Why is this an issue, thought this was resolved long ago. It's a woman or man's right.....keep the government and church out of the bedroom.

The dress code for today is causal.....out of here.

-- Posted by semo471 on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 6:29 AM

Sometimes watching the morning shows just brightens my day....

I was watching this morning as they interviewed one of the governors, he was asked which Republican candidate he supports. His answer, though not exact, was either one of them is better than the current administration who has done nothing in 3 1/2 yrs. Then he was asked if the economy was getting better and if this was Obama's doing? His answer, again, not exact was "The economy is getting better but let's not make it about politics, it's better for the country not just Obama."

I love the way they pick and choose....LOL!!

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 8:09 AM

Correction. It was Rep. Ryan.

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 8:10 AM

Contraceptive Coverage --

Well said.

-- Posted by grisgris on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 8:32 AM

I am writing not to complain, but to inform. It is about the white line that is painted on the road at intersections with a traffic light. Motorists MUSTdrive their vehicle TO the white line so the sensor can detect you. Too many times I have set in line at a intersection waiting for the light to change, when the lead vehicle is too far away from the white line. Please pull up TO the white line, not 10 feet from it.

-- Posted by brubaker999 on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 9:34 AM

Gay marriage...True, no one can force you to perform a gay marriage. However, the next liberal government strategy of devaluing religion in America, (which you are playing into and are not aware), is, since you hold that position, the government will take away your legal authority to unite a couple because you are discriminating. Therefore, as takes place now in some foreign regimes, a couple will have to be "officially" married by a government official in an office. Then, they can, (or not), have their "real" wedding and be blessed in their church of choice. But legally, the church wedding will not hold any value. How does that grab you, Padre?

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 10:37 AM

I can see why some call it 'practicing' their faith. They don't seem to have quite gotten it right, yet...

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 10:38 AM

I just got a headache reading the dress code article and all the comments. Sure glad I don't have to figure that out.

Rick, was that you I about plowed over yesterday? You really need to keep your eyes on the road. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 10:40 AM

eh, Shapley, no worries. She can just repent her sins and it's ALL good. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 10:49 AM

Me'Lange, I assume the hoodies must be solid colors as well. No prints/logos?

-- Posted by Turnip on Tue, Feb 28, 2012, at 11:59 AM

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