Reader letters, March 5
Go Red Wolves
To the editor:
Last Friday night, I was part of a glorious celebration. Both Haywood Christian Academy boys and girls basketball teams became the 2014 Blue Ridge Christian Conference Champions.
All of us in the Haywood Christian Academy family walked away a little prouder that night, with trophies in tow.
Proud because both teams were conference champs? Perhaps. But I could sense it was a little deeper than that. We walked away knowing that these two teams made up of delightful teenagers had demonstrated respect, discipline and good sportsmanship, not only during the tournament, but throughout the whole season.
The core values taught to them at Haywood Christian Academy and at home include love and respect for themselves and others.
The faculty, staff and coaches at Haywood Christian Academy are irreplaceable. Their attention and dedication, and yes, respect for every student at this school is manifested daily in so many ways.
Proud? Absolutely! Grateful for an extraordinary school? Even more.
Religious need to practice tolerance
To the editor:
Two recent correspondents to your paper have decried the attempt of one small group in a local high school to form an secular club.
This letter is not about this failed attempt, but the astonishing response of some religious people.
To compare non believers to Al Qaida and fundamental Muslim groups and to say non believers are trying to eradicate all religion is just laughable and an insult to atheists.
The reported response to the high dchool students by so-called religious people and the nonsense letters to you speak volumes about the tolerance of these religious people.
I would also point out that when you consider the widespread presence of religious propaganda and the huge number of churches in this area, the threat imposed by a very few students is minuscule. I do not believe atheists are trying to do away with all religion.
The constitutionality of our schools being free of religious bias is of very long- standing and it should be kept that way.
In one letter the writer talks of “denying God and His Creation.” In the context of his letter, I suspect he means denying the teaching of creationism in schools, which certainly is a belief that has no place in public schools.
By all means, go to your church to learn their version of this story, but keep it out of public schools.
Finally, it is my experience that atheists are just as honest and reliable citizens as religious people and care just as much about others, contribute to society and (unlike some church groups here) do not go around trying to spread their point of view.
I have found that atheists use the golden rule, “do unto others as you would like to be treated.”
Use no public funds to promote religion
To the editor;
Over 2,000 years ago, a certain homeless, unemployed, mere mortal man advised “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, unto God what is God’s” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the heart of “secular humanism.”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ...” is the means our founders separated the church from the state. It was derived from Thomas Jefferson’s Act For Establishing Religious Freedom Article II. “Be it enacted by the General Assembly, that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced restrained, molested or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”
To that end, there is no right to prostelitize or otherwise use public monies to promote specific religious opinions. Not by a 14-year-old girl nor her parents at a public school event, nor any public gathering such as commissioners meetings. Only as our courts have allowed can “Almighty God” be used. And, no religious document such as the Ten Commandments nor Bible has any bearing on our shared constitutions as religious opinion exists as opinion only.
Emergency care was great in Haywood
To the editor:
On Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 3:15 a.m. my husband awakened me with these words, “I think you need to take me to the hospital, I think I am having a heart attack.”
Due to his family history that both his dad and younger brother had open-heart surgery, I immediately called 911.
The young man who answered was both calming and helpful. He told us what to do before the ambulance arrived.
Within five minutes, the ambulance was at our home. Two paramedics entered and immediately starting checking my husband.
They did an EKG and determined that the pain was not his heart. He had been suffering back and neck pain so they felt this was the problem.
They were both caring and professional in their help. They offered him a free ride to the hospital but the pain had improved and knowing it was not his heart, he declined the offer.
When the left I said a prayers thanking God he was all right. I also thanked God that we have such wonderful care when we need it. Again, thanks to Waynesville EMS, keep up the good work.
Bob and Linda Hansen
To the editor:
Congratulations to the staff at The Mountaineer.
When I first moved here, someone told me, “don’t bother with a big town daily newspaper, The Mountaineer will tell you everything you need to know.”
They were right and because of your local newspaper I always feel connected with what’s going on in my town.
The Guide is so helpful and interesting to locals and to visitors alike. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of such a wonderful publication.