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February 1, 2014

Viewpoint: It is government's role to protect social order

No topic has grabbed the American media like “same-sex marriage.” It is the new “civil rights” movement. In fact, when the debate over homosexual unions was reframed in the light of “civil rights”, the discussion no longer included questions regarding morality, social values, or long-term consequences. It became a battle for personal rights frequently compared to the evolving struggle reflected in black history.

As a Christian minister I have to analyze the subject from two perspectives. First, the Bible exposes it as sin. When God gave the Law to Moses He commanded, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22). The apostle Paul instructed, “Do you not know the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God...nor men who practice homosexuality…” (I Cor. 6:9). Writing to Timothy, the Apostle made a similar statement (I Tim. 1:9-10).

There is another perspective we need to consider; that is, the social perspective. Our communities are filled with people who violate the basic precepts of Scripture. Yet, we do not require our legislators to pass laws against various forms of immorality. For example, adulterers can marry.

The basis of the social perspective rests in the importance of the traditional family (husband, wife, children) to the overall health of society. When the family begins to unravel, social problems multiply. For example, recent studies have shown that 72 percent of black births are to unwed mothers. How does this effect the black community? Statistics released by the NAACP state, “... If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime … African-Americans and Hispanics comprised 58 percent of all prisoners in 2008 ...” Let’s take another illustration, 66 percent of Native American births were to unwed mothers. According to the Indian Health Services the rate of alcoholism among Native Americans is six times greater than the US average.

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  • Viewpoint: Pray for an end to abortion pandemic There are few, if any, conditions of our day that have more impact on our lives than the shameful practice of abortion – a legalized form of murder. There are many who say that should not be spoken in polite society. There are others who buy into the fabrication that since abortion is legal, it must be a non-issue.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Politicians creating instability in public schools

    I will begin this correspondence by stating I have known hundreds of educators from across the state of Indiana. There are a couple of fibers that commonly run through the character of most of these great people, educators truly care about kids, and they do not fear a fair and equitable evaluation.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Academic standards process a model for other states

    The State Board of Education is scheduled to adopt Indiana College and Career Ready standards at a special meeting on April 28.

    April 22, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Resources are available to prevent child abuse The word "courage" is often associated with the fight against child abuse. Front line victim advocates have long recognized the need for courage in order to protect victims. Behind the scene advocates need courage to fight for funding and attention to the cause.

    April 19, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Tree City USA distinction laughable I thoroughly enjoyed your April Fools' editorial announcing that the city of Anderson had received the Tree City USA distinction. Had I not realized it was a joke, I would have choked on my coffee. I was a little concerned that you did not announce to some of the less enlightened readers that it was an April Fools' joke.

    April 19, 2014

  • Letter: Local business gives valued aid to Girl Scouts The Girl Scouts of Central Madison County would like to thank the local Coca-Cola Distribution Center for their wonderful support.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American people still don't know the full truth I think the last presidential election may have been the most corrupt one in the history of this nation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Public should get informed about fracking The League of Women Voters recently offered the viewing of "Gasland part 11" at the library. There were eight people there including myself.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Indianapolis will be the winner with reservoir There have been many articles in The Herald Bulletin both pro and con about the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir. Let me put my two cents worth in, and I am sure that is how some will take it.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American Right makes Left turn The American Right has suddenly made a Left turn on government surveillance after several years supporting George W. Bush's program to eavesdrop on telephone calls and read emails of American citizens without warrants.

    April 16, 2014

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