Your View: Christianity’s influence led to slavery’s abolishment
In response to Andrea Jackson’s Dec. 28 letter, “Religion in America is devotion to ‘lip service’ ”:
Yes, people have justified common trends of their time by perverting religious teachings. They still do: many who approve abortion or homosexuality cite religious reasons. Should religion therefore be held accountable for their becoming entrenched in the cultural fabric? No, a distinction must be made between religion and religious people, who like all humans, are deeply flawed.
And yes, the religion Jackson condemns as “inseparable from nationalism” can hardly not be; after all, beyond America’s founding, it was the seeds of Christian influence that led to not only the emancipation of slaves but the complete abolishment here of a practice accepted worldwide since history began. Thousands of devoted religious men, who loved their country more than self, gave the last full measure of devotion so that this nation did not perish, and, under God, received a new birth of freedom.
Regarding Native Americans, if the now scapegoated Europeans had not come to this continent, eventually somebody else would have. Why think they would have done any better? And it was an Indian chief, King Philip, who attempted “systematic extermination” — on the New England colonists. Later claims to indigenous lands were not carried out by religion but by the United States government, which still handsomely pays tribes for land leases. In 2010, native descendants were awarded $3.4 billion for previous land sales they decided had not been priced high enough. These examples scratch only the surface. But if some taxpayers still feel guilty, giving their patch of grass to a tribe remains an option.
CAROL W. COX
Our government shouldn’t kill citizens
A federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU was trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out the legal justification for the assassinations of three U.S. citizens in 2011. One citizen was 16 years old, and wasn’t charged with a crime. The government doesn’t want to release this information.
I don’t think that “our’’ federal government should have the right to assassinate anyone, especially American children that haven’t been charged with a crime. If we allow our government to assassinate American citizens in foreign countries today, then they will have the power to assassinate American citizens tomorrow in the United States.
YOUR VIEW POLLS
The Guilford County Board of Education is considering renaming Allen Jay Middle School when a new magnet facility opens there. Should the school be renamed? What name would you suggest? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are three responses:
• The Guilford County school board is spending time and money to decide if Allen Jay Middle School should be renamed. Leave it as is. It represents a very proud community.
• The name Allen Jay evokes history held dear by close-knit people in this community. With no town called Allen Jay, name change symbolically dissolves history of a much-loved community.
• I believe the Allen Jay name should be a part of the new school name. I vote for Allen Jay Academy.
Will the agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff” help or hurt the economy? What more must be done to solve the nation’s economic problems? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to email@example.com.