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 . . .
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.
Western Area Manager, Special Olympics Colorado