In response to Jim Devereaux‘s letter to the editor (Battling the spiritual war, Oct. 6), one wonders where to start.

He claims that Joe Biden in mentally unstable or a hypocrite. Did he watch the recent debate? I hardly think so. He claims that if Biden wins, “he will be declared incompetent after a year or more and that his like-minded successors will eventually prove that freedom apart from God is an insidious form of slavery.”

Mr. Devereaux has been denigrating human secularism for years as if everyone who doesn’t believe in the basic tenets of Christianity is not only a heathen, but is evil and quite likely to do bad things. I beg to differ.

Mr. Devereaux states he will vote for Trump (no surprise) because he prefers the Republican platform (what platform?) and admires Trump’s accomplishments “which the liberal media downplay.”

Those accomplishments (if one can call them that) include withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the Iranian peace accord, the Pacific trade agreement and the Soviet nuclear arms testing agreement. He has alienated our close allies, greatly reduced our prestige in the world and sucked up to dictators.

He has gutted the EPA and reversed the good measures that were underway to improve our water and air and to take some small steps to fight global warming. His cabinet of toadies is in constant change and the only thing that keeps cabinet members on board is if they are yes men. I could go on but I’m worried about my blood pressure. Thank you for reading this rant.

George Smith

Frederick

(16) comments

public-redux

The spirits can fight all the wars they want. It affects me not a whit.

JD’s epistles are timely reminders of the importance of keeping govt out of religions and religions out of govt.

LAR1

👍🏻👍🏻

bosco

[thumbup] public, who was it that said religion is the opiate of the masses?

[ninja]

public-redux

Whomever it was didn’t understand religion.

threecents

Pub[thumbup]

mrnatural1

[thumbup][thumbup] public.

It is amazing how members of certain religions insist on cramming their beliefs down the throats of others -- with government assistance if possible.

One of their favorite tactics is to take advantage of a captive audience -- public school students. If that doesn't fly, there are always "charter schools" .

DickD

Jim doesn't practice what he preaches and Christ certainly would never have supported someone like Trump. What do you call someone like Jim? The word hypocrite comes to mind.

public-redux

“Jim doesn't practice what he preaches ...”

Actually, he does.

micky

Elect the Harris Biden team and they will tell us what they are planning for the country, but not until !!

bosco

Sort of like the Obamacare bill - you'll have to pass it to find out what's in it!

[ninja]

Brookhawk

Nice rant. You could have gone on for hours about Trump's "accomplishments" and still made no impact on his fans. They live in a world that isn't related to the real one.

threecents

I give Jim credit for one thing in his last LTE - he didn't touch on the evils of LGBT - a topic he often obsesses over.

bosco

There are a couple of nice letters in Dear Abbey today about that very subject. [thumbup][ninja]

DickD

He can't, too many priests are gay and pedophiles.

MD1756

And what would too many be Dick? For example see: https://www.newsweek.com/priests-commit-no-more-abuse-other-males-70625 or see: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/do-the-right-thing/201003/six-myths-about-clergy-sexual-abuse-in-the-catholic-church

Are you showing an unfounded bias? Additionally, if a priest is celibate, does it matter whether or not he is gay or heterosexual? Based on Pope Francis' comments, the answer would be no.

mrnatural1

MD,

You and I frequently agree, but in this case, I have to say that those that claim 'priests are no more likely than the general population to commit child sexual assault and rape' are offering a very weak defense for truly evil behavior.

That's comparable to defending cops caught selling illicit drugs to kids by saying, "Well, the percentage of drug dealing cops is no higher than in the population at large!

From the Newsweek article you linked to:

"The only hard data that has been made public by any denomination comes from John Jay College's study of Catholic priests, **which was authorized and is being paid for by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops** following the public outcry over the 2002 scandals. Limiting their study to plausible accusations made between 1950 and 1992, John Jay researchers reported that about 4 percent of the 110,000 priests active during those years had been accused of sexual misconduct involving children."

Any amount is outrageous and evil, but 4%?!! And that comes from a study authorized and paid for by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops! It is reasonable to assume the percentage is actually even higher.

From the Psychology Today article:

"Research tells us that about 80 percent of clergy sex offenders abuse post-pubescent teens, not pre-pubescent children. So the phrase "pedophile priest" is a misnomer."

Oh, well, why didn't you say so? That makes it so much better (not). What a lame defense: "Your honor, at least my client did not steal candy from *babies* -- all of the victims were at least 5 years old!"

"Many who were raised in the church during previous generations have deeply emotional stories of priests and nuns who had impossibly high standards for thought and behavior, which makes stories of clergy sexually violating [raping] children so hypocritical. Perhaps the gospel verse "He who is without sin may cast the first stone" from John 8:7 sums up this sentiment."

"Let me be very clear: The sexual victimization of children by priests (or by anyone for that matter) is inexcusable. Church officials protecting offenders rather than victims is also inexcusable. There is much to be angry about. Many get even more upset when accountability and responsibility in the church doesn't seem to occur."

In the paragraph above, substitute "PURE EVIL" for 'inexcusable', and "furious" for 'angry'.

I actually agree with many of the author's '6 points', but the issue of pedophile priests -- trusted "men of God" abusing and raping children, and the Church actively protecting them(!), remains unresolved.

The number of people who have been permanently damaged -- some committing suicide -- must be in the millions. How anyone can still support the Catholic Church is beyond me. Imagine if this child abuse and rape was committed by any other group. Americans of all races; religions (including Catholics); political parties; etc, would be screaming for them to be hit with a RICO suit(s), shut down, assets seized, and the guilty sent to prison. Somehow though, the Catholic Church is above the law. Why?

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