Voice of the people
Theocracy has no place in the U.S.
Theocracy is defined as a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God's or deity's laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
A recent letter brought to mind the above-mentioned form of government when the writer called for revolution from the pulpit and taking religious beliefs and making them law for our nation. No doubt he has no comprehension of separation of church and state, one of the principles our founding fathers emphasized. The United States is governed by the Constitution, not the Bible!
That person desiring a theocratic form of government can find such in Iran and The Vatican. Critics have argued that the U.S. state of Utah is a theocracy. They point out that all the state's representatives in Congress, all of its Supreme Court and 90 percent of its state and federal judges belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
One alarming feature I find when considering evangelical Christians and Muslim terrorists is that both groups want to force their religious beliefs on others. While one would use ballots, and the other bullets, both groups seek to erase the freedom of choice.
The "Bible Bangers" also target birth control for their hatred. It's a sin to be unmarried and pregnant, but using any method of prevention is strictly taboo. Some even subscribe to a letter of abstinence from their teenage members, feeling sure that a signature will stop those roaring sexual hormones. It would be easier to wave your magic wand at the Ohio River and tell it to flow north towards Pittsburgh!
If you really want a Christian revolution, try obeying the greatest commandment, "Love one another as I have loved you," not just those who believe as you do.
John Wesley Ray
Justice system failed hit-and-run victim
I was very disappointed when I read the front-page story concerning the hit-and-run death of a nursing student in July 2011. What has become of our judicial system?
The defendant got a slap on the wrist for what should have been vehicular homicide. Instead, the prosecutor decided that he couldn't make a case for that charge, so in his infinite wisdom he used the oft-overused "plea bargain" to have the charges reduced. He also had the nerve to point out that the defendant held a steady job, raised children and had no criminal record. I'm still trying to figure out whose side he was on. One man is a widower, the other man walks away with what is in reality no punishment at all.
I don't know either family, and this is not directed toward either family. However, I wonder if the defendant would have ever admitted what he did if there had been no investigation.
Our judicial system? What a joke.