Regarding “Get off your knees” (Your Views, April 24): I share Henry Pierson’s frustration, but not his perspective. His disagreement with Judge Andrew Napolitano’s arguments (“On Easter, hope for the dead in intrusive times,” Views, April 20) betrays a superficial and even distorted view of the resurrection of Jesus and its impact on world history.
Great power for good and freedom is at work in those who take Jesus and his resurrection seriously. This far outweighs and outlasts the failures of “Christians” since that world-changing event. This reality empowers believers to go to their knees for their world and then rise up to do something in and for it. The most prominent fruit of atheistic naturalism has been the deaths of millions and enslavement of billions wrought by communism and Nazism in the past century.
I’d like to offer Mr. Pierson a respectful, reasoned and history-based discussion of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection and how it is working today in the lives of millions every day as well as eternal benefit. He can then join me in a mutually agreed upon venture. (He can contact me through our church office.)
The writer is pastor of Northside Bible Church.
In response to critics of his foreign policy during his Manila press conference, President Obama said, “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous cost to our troops and our budget?” His question leads me to the conclusion he does not understand the citizens he leads. No sane American is “eager” for war, particularly veterans. On the other hand, we expect our president to understand the principles of “real politik” and to stand firmly for the ideals our country has championed for 238 years. To that end, he must speak for us from a realistic and unquestioned, resourceful and resolute position of strength, or our enemies will do as they wish.
Policies and actions demonstrating weakness in the eyes of foreign leaders — real or perceived — endanger national security and all of us. Obama’s whimsical attribution of his policies to “avoiding error” in the face of an upside-down budget, which literally enriches the undeserving while reducing his hand by stripping the military of its ability to back him up in tough situations, is truly amazing on many levels to this citizen. Yes, we may be tired of war, but we are resilient and, above all, desirous of having a president who is respected by foreign leaders because none question our ability or his willingness to do what is in the country’s best interest.
Sun City Center
Like Wayne Hays (“Wearing thin,” Your Views, April 29), I find my old-fashioned sense of right and wrong frequently violated by politicians with opinions exemplified by illegal lawyers. I believe I understand the underlying cause — at least one of them — and have a suggestion for aspiring illegal lawyers.
Our senior politicians are predominantly law school graduates. In chapter 10 of his autobiography, Marco Rubio characterized the first year of law school as where you’re taught how think to like a lawyer — how to present a “plausible, if not persuasive” argument that a chair is “a stepladder with a safety backboard to keep you from falling forward.” We less-educated folks might describe this as rationalizing any desired stance unencumbered by convention or facts to the contrary. Politicians excelled in their first- year law school lessons and have plausible, if not persuasive, arguments for everything short of blatant, large-sum bribery. It’s an acquired skill that requires practice to maintain proficiency.
Although I’m for assimilating legal immigrants into our society, allowing illegals to become licensed lawyers seems oxymoronic, no matter the circumstances behind their illegal status. Illegals might consider something more realistic than becoming U.S. lawyers.
Maybe voters should consider candidates who did not spend a year perfecting chair/ stepladder thinking, or failed the course.
Living in the USA
Regarding: ‘“All-American bill’ asserts Florida law,” Metro, April 29):
It is inconceivable that any persons of intellect in Florida would consider or suggest the law of a foreign country should apply in any way or at any time in United States courts or in our Florida courts. I think the United States needs to remind some of our immigrants that they came here for freedoms that we offer and that does not include bringing along their social and religious rules that do not align with our Constitution and our freedoms.