Mr. English recently argued for tolerance on the issue of abortion and approaching the issue "with holiness, respect and love for your fellow man no matter where they stand" while he refers to Christian fundamentalist as ignorant "of the Bible on nearly every topic under the sun". I don't consider myself a Christian fundamentalist on the issue since I realize that there are indeed times when the decision to abort should fall to individual cases and circumstances. That being said, I cannot follow some of Mr. English's logic. He decries holding rigidly to Old Testament scripture verses taken out of context and viewed rigidly, and yet he quotes Talmud Bavli as unconditionally saying that life begins at 40 days. Why and on whose authority? Why is that any more authoritative than saying that life begins at conception? He quotes one Rabbi who states that abortion should be allowed if the mother's life is threatened by the pregnancy. This is a reasonable point to argue about, but he follows that with another Rabbi arguing that less than life-threatening issues could be used as a reason to justify an abortion. This is the very problem with the whole issue. Once the door was opened we have continued to liberalize the justification for the procedure until now it is done over 3,500 times a day in America. Many are paid for by those "ignorant fundamentalist" who can't believe that aborting an innocent "fellow man" before or after the Talmud's arbitrary 40-day deadline is something God would smile on. In fact, even if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim or non-believer, it is hard to understand anyone not being saddened by the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade. Certainly there are individual circumstances that must be considered such as rape, incest and threat to the mother. But, if these are individual decisions for which only God can judge, why should taxpayers who oppose unlimited abortion on strongly held moral grounds (and you can have those without being called an ignorant Christian fundamentalist) be forced to fund those procedures through money-making machines like Planned Parenthood clinics. If you want to have an abortion and be judged by God based on the circumstances, don't make me pay for it and share the guilt if there is any. The abortion movement was started by racist folks who wanted to rid America of folks they considered inferior. (Even today, almost half of abortions are to minorities). The idea was to create a superior breed of people in America. The whole eugenics movement of the early 20th century was found attractive to a leader Mr. English should be familiar with ... Adolf Hitler. The abortion industry in America has created a quiet Holocaust and must be reined in by good folks whatever their beliefs. Terry Taylor Tifton
- Rants & Raves - December 13
Our Opinion: Hoop jumping is for the birds
We received some information about recent conversations concerning Colony Bank’s efforts to purchase the property on Central Avenue where the old ice house is located. The plan is to turn the building into a new bank location, while maintaining the integrity of the original building, and keeping in mind the historic value of it.
- Letter to the Editor – Thanks to all for the help for Hometown Holidays
- Rants & Raves - December 12
It’s the little things that we remember
I saw this in the local newspaper when I lived in Bend, Ore. I hung on to it, and I just had to share...
Letter to the Editor – Shop local this holiday season
With only a few shopping days remaining until Christmas, I encourage each Tiftonite to take advantage of the wonderful shops and small business retail stores here in our own backyard.
- Rants & Raves - December 11
Letter to the Editor – Visitor lauds LEOs,EMTs
On Saturday morning, I was driving my truck pulling a motorcycle trailer following the Freedom Seekers annual Toy Ride in Tifton. All of us (more than 100) were excited about the large turnout to make many underprivileged children have a joyous Christmas.
Letter to the Editor – Sign more of a distraction
It was my pleasure to visit your lovely city recently. Obviously, a number of your citizens care greatly about maintaining your fine architecture, shops and streetscapes. What's more, the cultural arts seem to be alive and thriving!
- Rants & Raves - December 10
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