- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)7
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
Religious roots of these attacks isn't acceptable
To the editor:
Thank God this attack on our country did not happen a year ago.
We have a man in the White House that has a decent idea of what the military is for. It is easy for an ignorant person to say bomb that place of destroy that position. That would not be taking action but simply reacting. It is something else to have a leader intelligent enough to recognize that we must fight the concept of terrorism and not some individual radical group. Destroy one of these groups and there are a dozen -- or more -- to take its place.
There will be such a world reaction to what has taken place that Osama bin Laden will become a curse on the people who have given him sanctuary.
Jesus said, "The poor you will always have with you." It seems he could have also included the bigoted the biased, those among us frustrated with their own inadequacies and willing -- indeed eager -- to blame someone else for their problems.
I believe that Osama bin Laden and persons like him are using their religion for there own purposes just as Christians in the past have used theirs to justify acts which are I firmly believe will not be found acceptable to our one common God in that time we all must face.
A prayer occurs to me that I heard a long time ago: Have mercy on me, O God, in that hour when a must stand before thee like a child whose hands are being examined.
God help us all.
ROBERT T. LUCAS