Printed Letters: July 8, 2014

Hobby Lobby decision amounts to persecution
To those who rejoice in the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court, perhaps you should pause and call to mind the reasons for the foundational right about the freedom of religion. The First Amendment was instituted to protect individuals from the tyranny of anyone else’s religion.

I would ask you to think about the historical record of discrimination and hatred against innocent people with different beliefs in the name of religion. I personally remember the biblical defenses of segregation and of bans against interracial marriages. I watched the Taliban in Afghanistan persecute and murder women in the name of God. How about our own refugees from religious persecution: Pilgrims, Puritans, Huguenots, Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland. 

How many Native Americans were slaughtered, dispossessed, and had their cultures decimated in the name of the Christian God? Ask a Nazi/white power proponent what Bible verses justify their hatred and superiority over peoples of color. Read the newspaper: Syria, Iraq, and Africa are all on fire with religious hatred and zealotry. Children all over the world are dying and fighting in the name of God. Children. 

What is this need to press one’s religion onto other people? And what gives anyone the right to tell someone else what they should believe, what God is or wants, or what they can do with their own body? Neither the Bible, the Torah, nor the Koran are the law of this land for a reason.

Having your boss tell you what health care you have based on his/her own religious beliefs is another form of slavery. Women don’t need to be told anything. They have brains and souls and a conscience and are quite capable of making informed decisions for themselves no matter their religious persuasion. 

And why is it that women need to be controlled in this manner?  I would refer you to a poem from another time of persecution written by a Protestant minister, Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

This Supreme Court decision is just wrong. Stand up and “speak out” while you still can.

First they come for the women. 
Then they come for the homosexuals. 
Then they come for Islamists
Then they come for immigrants
Then they come for the people of color
Then they come for . . .

JANE McAULEY
Grand Junction


Special Olympics thankful for support of Gauntlet fundraiser
For the last three years, the community has come together to sponsor, volunteer and participate in The Gauntlet fundraiser. Special Olympics is the proud and grateful recipient of the fundraiser’s proceeds. Our Special Olympics Western Area competitions and Western Area local programs/teams are the ones who benefit.

Thanks to the Gauntlet’s main sponsor, Western Colorado Contractors Association and their staff plus the following businesses for their sponsorship:  Adcock Concrete, Inc., Alpine Bank, Asset Engineering Limited, Bobcat of the Rockies, Budweiser, Cookey’s Mechanical, Inc., Dalby Wendland & Co. PC, Elam Construction, Inc., Grand Junction Ready Mix, Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Grand Vista Hotel, Haining Plumbing & Heating, Hanson Equipment, Home Loan Insurance, Impact Promotions, KJCT, KSTR 96.1, M.A. Concrete Construction, Magic 93.1, Merritt & Associates, G.C. Inc., Outwest Drywall Supply, Inc., Plaza Reprographics, Rocky Mountain Orthopaedics Associates Inc., Rocky Mountain Sanitation, LLC, Scream Graphics, Sorter Construction, Inc., Spectrum Sound Design LLC, St. Mary’s Hospital, Sutherlands, The Daily Sentinel, The Team Sports Talk, United Companies, United Rentals, Valleywide Fence, Wagner Rents, World Wide Rental Services and Your Way Safety & Sign Supply.

Also, a big thank you to the organizing committee and their employers who allowed committee members to take off early, arrive late or even take entire days off without docking pay so this event could be the best ever.  Special thanks to you all and those in the community for supporting The Gauntlet and Special Olympics. We appreciate your time and energy.

JULIE FITE
Western Area Manager,
Special Olympics Colorado
Glenwood Springs


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Jane, thank God you don’t represent all women. If the employees don’t like the health benefits they receive, go find another job. Everything in life is not about birth control.

Indeed Jane you might read the US Constitution again or maybe for the first time. Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company. They provide 16 of 20 or so contraceptives. I did NOT see a mass exodus of female employees as a result of the SCOTUS ruling. If you do NOT like it then quit. If you do NOT like it then DO NOT shop there. Seems to me that all parties FREEDOM’s were protected.

Ms. McAuley, I think you need to read the 1st Amendment again. It does not say anything like “The First Amendment was instituted to protect individuals from the tyranny of anyone else’s religion”.

What it does say is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof:” The meaning here is that the government can not establish a religion and it can not prohibit the people from the freedom of worshipping as they like.

Your statement seems to be in direct opposition to the 1st Amendment.

wow, the whole Hobby Lobby debate came because of “the use of federal funds in the payment for an abortion”. If you want one you can still buy one but some of us among you are not really high on the idea of using our tax dollars to pay for one because that is YOUR choice. It isn’t a cold your curing here, it’s about life and the freedom to choose life. Mr. Bright

Only in America, land of the First Amendment’s enabling of absurd hyperbole, could having to pay for your own birth control be called (with a straight face) “persecution” by wannabe-clever—(either that or embarrassingly clueless) – political manipulators such Jane McAuley.
McAuley gratuitously used the phrase “Nazi/white power proponent”. So what about men-hating Feminazis, heterosexual-hating Homonazis, Judeo-Christian-hating Islamonazis and white-hating, race-card-playing AfroAmerinazis? Are we supposed to ignore all those and just focus exclusively on white heterosexual male Caucanazis aged 18-70? Or can we talk about all the other kinds of manipulative anti-self-ownership fascists as well?
McAuley talks negatively (aka “hatefully”) about “religion”, and then proceeds to lump people into “religious” groups and demonize them. I call BS!
“Religion” merely means “world view”, nothing more, nothing less. “World view” means how you think the universe around us in fact actually functions. Even random-conglomeration-of-molecules-based “atheism” is a world view. The real moral and intellectual issue is whether or not your religion is based on Golden-Rule-based self-ownership or on the ancient slavery-based “God wants you to do what I say” political manipulation which has been traditionally used throughout history by so many ecclesiastical politicians and their Baskin-Robbins-like variety of religions denominations.
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history which gave us our founding documents. I love her rebuttal to the anti-Hobby-Lobby-decision whiners: “I am a woman and my perspective is simple: Pay for your own stinking birth control. Pay for your own abortions. Pay for your own health care. This is not a war on women, this is called being a grown-up. Dear little liberal whiner-baby, this is what happens when you grow up! Pull up your big girl panties and take care of yourself. If you want equal pay for equal work, if you want to be treated the same as the ‘men’ in the world, stop your crying.”
McAuley’s first name reminds me of the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit made famous by Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd, where Curtin prefaced her ad hominem attacks on Aykroyd with “Dan, you pompous overbearing ass”, and Aykroyd prefaced his ad hominem attacks on Curtin with “Jane you ignorant sl*t”.
I believe it is an essential political strategy for the so-called “Right” to match the manipulative hyperbole of the so-called “Left” tit-for-tat. It’s the only way I see to sift the real-issue grain from the hyperbolic chaff. Accordingly, my response to McAuley’s “personal responsibility = persecution” fraud is: Jane, you ignorant “S-word”, stop trying to hump everybody else’s leg and pay for your own damn birth control!

WOW. Mr Wilkenson kudos and touchee.

Thank you John Wilkenson! I know I could not of said it better. Could you please tell Bill Grant where to take his column too!

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