Reader letters Jan 17
Rights are shrinking
To the editor:
Call this a tribute to Nelson Mandela, whose lifelong goal was to expand the basic rights of citizenship to all people in South Africa.
I write to protest the actions by the last General Assembly to shrink that basic right in our state. Three specific pieces of legislation fall into this category; 1 — elimination of election day voter registration, 2 — reducing the number of days for early voting, and 3 — requiring a valid photo ID before voting.
Each of these will actually hinder, rather than encourage citizens to exercise this basic privilege of a democracy.
The elimination of election day voter registration will particularly penalize college students who must return home to vote and whose only change to register may be on election day.
Reducing the number of days for early voting will penalize persons who fit voting into a complicated work schedule or must depend on another for transportation.
Most serious is requiring a valid photo ID before voting. Generally that is current drivers license. But thousands of otherwise qualified voters, particularly older or handicapped persons do not have drivers license.
At the Open Door Soup Kitchen where I volunteer weekly, probably most no longer drive, and this includes a number of military veterans who served our country but will not now be able to vote.
The rationale given for these actions was to reduce voter fraud. Yet there were already legal procedures to address any suspected cases.
Also, such tightening calls into question the integrity of the citizens who spend untold and often unappreciated hours of faithful service at the polls.
If indeed voter fraud across NC is so rampant, let’s use the procedures already in place to identify, arrest, and prosecute any true offenders.
Let’s not penalize large segments of legitimate voters because of a few bad apples.
R. Bruce Pate
Not much progress has been made
To the editor:
Fifteen billion years ago, a ball of super condensed matter at one trillion degrees begins.
Its constantly changing mass and energy are controlled by “scientific laws” of physics and chemistry, which operate within material nature, but themselves do not change.
In 300 BC Aristotle proposed a non-material human soul capable of grasping these unchanging non-material laws of nature. His logic endures.
Census experts place God’s elevation of historic Adam/Eve to intellectual human status around 50,000 BC Antarctic ice cores show global warm-up melted half our ice sheets between 18,000 and 8000 BC; raised ocean levels 300 feet, overflowing the Bosporus retention wall to create the Black Sea, drowning it’s inhabitants. Samuel asks God if the Jews can replace His Judges with a king. By 900 BC, King Solomon had 150 wives. By 600BC, Israel was militarily conquered by Rome-70AD. Half a million Jews are killed and remainder banished to Empire frontiers per Roman historian Josephus.
Orbits of Jupiter (symbolizing kingship) and Mars (war) overlap three times in 869 BC (Solomon’s time), and again in 4 BC in the Jewish constellation Pisces. Wise Iraqi astrologers interpret this as a new King in the Jewish nation.
Christianity spends three centuries underground, next seven centuries striving for independence from Emperors and Kings. Muhammad (630AD) militarily expands Islam from Iran to Spain in a short 100 years.
Jewish, Christian, and Islamic lawyers supplement God’s message with volumes of human law. Popes acquire political power by 1400 AD, dictating government policy to Europe’s kinds. Luther kills that idea.
Popes lobbied against Galileo’s science as a danger to the faith of illiterate peoples, and today, lobby unsuccessfully against science’s unethical “reasoning” on pills, vasectomy and abortion.
Secular courts and universities have banished moral thought and action from education and public discourse. Supreme Court Christians cannot understand what makes a person’s non material soul different from a cows material soul.
Science has progressed some, law and religion, not so much.