Weatherford Opinion

Letters to the editor

Dear Editor:

The letters by Von Dunn and Norman Huitt were critical of Judy Beeman’s letter on the subject of same-sex marriage and they credited God with prejudice against homosexuality.

However, homosexual behavior was not a top-tier concern when Jehovah wrote his 10 commandments on two stone tablets. Issues that are more important dominated the list.

One example would be the fourth commandment. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. “

Interestingly enough, the commandment does not contain an expiration date. Neither does it have any “except for” clauses. It is very specific that one must not initiate any action which results in someone else working on his behalf on the seventh day. Furthermore, the penalty for disobedience is death (Exodus 31:15).

Even a blind man can see that people ignore the tenets of their religion when obedience would be inconvenient. Government cannot function in the same manner. It has to have laws that are enforced fairly across its constituent base.

Nowhere in our constitution are our rights as citizens determined by sexual orientation. If heterosexuals are allowed to enter into marriage contracts with someone they love, then so should homosexuals. People who object on the basis of their religious beliefs can add these religious beliefs to the ones that they already ignore.

Larry Mason

Azle

Dear Editor,

In response to two letters of disagreement to my premise that EVERYONE deserves equal treatment, I respectfully question the comment, “we cannot love others without the love of Christ." I’m guessing this means that LGBTs are presumed not to be loved by Christ, though at no point in the New Testament does Jesus Christ reject homosexuality. Another comment states that my attitude certainly disappoints God. How can the writer possibly know what God’s feelings are about me, unless God has him/her on speed dial? I surely don’t presume to know what God is thinking. I can only use my God-given brain to make the best decisions for me. What He has to say in scripture is not always clear to me. Again, I must study His/Her word, and I must remember that the Good Book is inspired by God, written by humans, and humans may not always be accurate in their interpretations. IF God does condemn the LGBT lifestyle, then I agree it is His/Her right to do so - not mine. I was advised not to be angry at those who disagree with me, but to be angry at God. My utmost emotion in all of this is my profound sadness that some of God’s children condemn other of God’s children.

Though I am neither Presbyterian nor Catholic, I must applaud Rev. Dr. Kyle M. Walker of Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin. In regard to the discriminatory legislation against the LGBT community, he states, "Sadly, Trojan-horse legislation is back using God’s name in order to discriminate in the civil square." Walker announced that three Presbyterian churches in Austin have come together and passed resolutions calling for a critical look at discriminatory legislation.

There is a Texas group of Catholics called Texas Catholics for Inclusion who are speaking out against discriminatory laws that treat their fellow Texans unfairly, including the LGBT community. Their calling as Catholics reads, "We pray and reflect upon Our Lord’s model of inclusiveness and His call to love all people. We learn about and educate others on the practical and moral importance of protecting all Texans from discrimination. We act and support the Catholic principles of inclusion and hospitality in decisions and discussions of nondiscrimination protections of gay or transgender. Our Lord shared meals and fellowship with all people while He was on Earth regardless of their social standing or popularity." In the Pope’s words, "If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"

Of greatest importance to me is the word "inclusiveness." In my opinion, inclusiveness means acceptance of all with no conditions applied. Jesus portrayed His love of all men showing compassion, mercy and tolerance, and that is the premise which I try to follow.

I encourage all folks to stand by their convictions, as did the two letter writers who disagree with me. I honestly think we’re all working toward the same end but are seeking it with different perspectives.

Respectfully,

Judy B. Beeman

Weatherford

Dear Editor,

As Election night in Weatherford came to an end on May 9, it became clear a runoff was in the city's future for the City Council Place 3 race.

I want to thank all the citizens who placed their trust in me, who gave me 43 percent of the vote, just short of the 51 percent needed to take office.

I have a very brief time to ask all who voted for Wade Calhoun, Dale Fleeger and Jim Merritt to place their trust in me to make sound conservative business and financial decisions that will impact your family. I ask for your vote as the city faces tough challenges ahead.

Please take time to vote for me once more during the City of Weatherford early voting from June 1-9 and on Election Day June 13 at the Parker County Annex Building, 1112 Santa Fe Dr. in Weatherford.

Again, I ask for you to place your confidence in me and I ask for your vote. Thank you.

Reed Wainwright

Attorney at Law

Candidate for City of Weatherford City Council Place 3

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