will save us all
I just read a recent advertorial about the
Des Moines music scene (“Music powered change
in Des Moines,” July 5) and I have to say, Amen.
My wife and I moved to L.A. in 2001 and returned
in 2009 to find a city transformed. As the story
points out, music had a lot to do with that
transformation. I tip my hat to the Des Moines
Music Coalition, the Des Moines Social Club,
the Full Court Press crew and the insight of
the city of Des Moines for making this transformation
possible. I have always been proud of being
from Iowa, but now when friends come to visit
from other cities, I never have to apologize
for the lack of options when looking for something
I’m so glad to hear that Gov. Branstad is considering
paying for his health care. Tell me, will that
be out of his salary, or out of his pension
that he receives for retiring from the job he’s
not currently retired from?
Help us to know
Are religious traditions of marriage the basis
for Rev. Ratliff’s and the Vander Plaats of
Iowa beliefs about gays? They appear to be violently
opposed to gay people and their desire to marry
the ones they love. Why? What is the basis of
this obsession against gay people? Is it hate?
Babies aren’t born with hate in their hearts.
So hate must be learned. Is it fear? Do they
fear their own feelings about the same sex?
They use the Bible to justify their beliefs.
They quote the Bible as saying that “marriage
is between a man and a woman.” There is nothing
in the New Testament that says that. They quote
Leviticus in the Old Testament where it says:
“…shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind.”
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that woman
shall not lie with woman. The Bible phrase cannot
be interpreted to mean that “man” includes woman
because “woman” has never been interpreted to
include “man.” Therefore, where does it condemn
women who lie with women?
From the litany of sins set forth in the Bible,
they have chosen just one incident to justify
their hate. They say marriage has always been
between a man and a woman. Not true. How many
men in the Old Testament had multiple wives?
Some men in southern nations still do.
It hasn’t been too long in the past that women
were considered property. Parents even paid
a dowry to get men to marry their daughters.
Black people were not allowed to marry white
people. What tradition are they referring to?
Why are they obsessed with controlling the behavior
of others even to the extent of destruction
of some lives? I’m trying to understand. Jesus
taught love. Jesus said: “judge not ….” If we
could understand what really underlies the hate,
we could try to deal with it in the way that
Jesus asks us to do.
West Des Moines
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