Letters to the Editor

Letters: Patterson 'whitewash' and NRA blame in school shootings

Paige Patterson, recently removed as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said women should pray if they're being abused by a spouse, but avoid divorce. Here's how cartoonist Dick Collier sees the situation.
Paige Patterson, recently removed as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said women should pray if they're being abused by a spouse, but avoid divorce. Here's how cartoonist Dick Collier sees the situation. Dick Collier

Against Patterson at seminary

The so-called investigation of Paige Patterson by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is the biggest whitewash job since Tom Sawyer painted Aunt Polly's fence.

As Patterson has made evident in his long pastoral career, his theology teaches that women must submit humbly to abuse and that it is godly for females of any age to be regarded as chattel and treated as objects.

Instead of removing him, he has been made theologian-in-residence at SWBTS, where he remains free to spread his poison to succeeding classes of seminarians.

—Paul R. Schattman,

Arlington

For Patterson, against Collier's cartoon

On the cartoon published Wednesday: If those responsible read God's holy Bible and believe it, you might realize God is a god of love, but also a god of wrath. (Dick Collier cartoon)

—Jack O. Lewis,

Haltom City

NRA complicit in Santa Fe shooting

Dallas just hosted the NRA convention. Your elected officials (President Trump, Vice President Pence, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz) spoke in praise of that organization.

All are complicit in the deaths of the students, teachers, and first-responders in this latest massacre, as well as the 21 other school shootings this year.

All refuse to even consider common-sense reforms that could reduce the prospect of these outcomes. All of them consider even the most modest of these proposals as an attempt to "take guns away."

All of them ignore the majority of NRA members who actually support many of these measures.

It is time to act.

—Andrew Bednarz,

Grapevine

Don't blame NRA in Santa Fe shooting

I find blaming the NRA for the shootings ridiculous.

Additional demands for the NRA to pay for training and education shows a lack of knowledge of the NRA.

The NRA has not had one member involved in any of the mass shootings save the one at the church in Texas where an NRA member confronted and stopped the shooter.

Since its inception, the NRA has provided safety and educational classes just as other organizations do. Anyone can join and/or take courses.

As with many of these shootings, parents and friends in Santa Fe had no idea what would ensue.

Maybe parents should be more involved with the lives of their kids.

—Richard Lilly,

Haltom City

Action needed now on school safety

I am a retired middle school principal. My son, grandson and his wife are educators.

I say a prayer every day that they will return home alive.

When, in the name of common sense, are our elected lawmakers going to do something to stop this slaughter of our children in public schools?

I agree: We don't need any more thoughts and prayers. We need action.

—Jo McMullen,

Mansfield

If people are the problem, check 'em out

The NRA says guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

Is there a better argument for universal background checks?

—Fred Darwin, Arlington

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