Religious freedom under attack

To the editor:

In the egregious attack by the current administration over freedom of religion, President Barack Obama urged his minions to increase pressure in order to enroll more of his subjects into the abomination called the Affordable Care Act. This totalitarian clique continually shows denial and rejection of millennially held standards of morality in pursuit of its mundane ideology. Freedom means, “Those living under the law not not exist for the sake of the legislator.” (Dante Aligheri, “Monarchia.”)

The mistaken idea that the HHS mandate is a necessary codicil to health care is not driven by any scientific or medical research, but only an attempt to demonstrate that ultimate power resides in the Oval Office. It is not legitimate medical care which guarantees the death of at least half of those treated, possibly more, since the drugs required have been classed as a Class 1 carcinogens by the World Health Organization.

This attack is exacerbated by the passive acquiescence of those lukewarm, not only about their religion, but by freedom in general. It is no less than a blatant attempt to deny not only the Bill of Rights, but the Decalogue itself. Here is abject refusal to recognize that the creator’s law is not subject to change by his creatures. The gentleman needs to learn that “life does not fall under human dominion, so that no one may be deprived of life other than for one’s own guilt.” (Francisco Suarez, “The Three Theological Virtues.”)

We must realize that we “cannot renounce the responsibility for our soul.” (Thomas Merton, “Life and Holiness.”) There is the necessity to oppose the concerns of those inimitable to any faith that recognizes a greater authority than secular elitists. “For it is plain they do not esteem spiritual of heavenly things above those of the world.” (John Chrysostom, “On Respect Due to the Church of God.”)

Obama has sent his representatives a message that this tyranny is “God’s will,” and that the population not only tolerate grave inequity, but all must materially support it, under threat of financial ruin. One cannot help but wonder to whom he referred. At best, this statement is revelation of a twisted understanding of Scripture, and at worst, Obama was not referring to the creator, but to himself.

Ed Bednar

Wintersville

Renforth works

to help others

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to the editor and to the residents of Jefferson County to recognize a good man in our community, a man we all trust to protect our children – Scott Renforth.

Renforth works as a resource officer at Edison High School. I, for one, and I know other parents who feel better knowing that he is out there overseeing the protection of our children. Renforth is married to my niece, Christy. One day my daughter had a problem at school, and, knowing and trusting Scott, she confided in him her problem. He calmed her down, gave her some words of wisdom and she made it through her day, all thanks to him. That evening, my wife, over the same issue, called Renforth at 11:30 p.m. and he spent the next hour calming her down and reassuring her he had the situation in total control and he did.

Anytime I see him, he always greets me with a firm handshake and a smile and he always jumps out first and asks “How’s the family doing?” Another thing that I highly respect Scott for is that at our family picnics when everyone is playing corn hole or outside shooting the breeze, Scott is not, he is in the shelter house talking to my dad. My dad having a bad hip can’t get around too good and Scott spends hours keeping him company.

One last thing – Scott is running for Jefferson County

Religious freedom under attack

To the editor:

In the egregious attack by the current administration over freedom of religion, President Barack Obama urged his minions to increase pressure in order to enroll more of his subjects into the abomination called the Affordable Care Act. This totalitarian clique continually shows denial and rejection of millennially held standards of morality in pursuit of its mundane ideology. Freedom means, “Those living under the law not not exist for the sake of the legislator.” (Dante Aligheri, “Monarchia.”)

The mistaken idea that the HHS mandate is a necessary codicil to health care is not driven by any scientific or medical research, but only an attempt to demonstrate that ultimate power resides in the Oval Office. It is not legitimate medical care which guarantees the death of at least half of those treated, possibly more, since the drugs required have been classed as a Class 1 carcinogens by the World Health Organization.

This attack is exacerbated by the passive acquiescence of those lukewarm, not only about their religion, but by freedom in general. It is no less than a blatant attempt to deny not only the Bill of Rights, but the Decalogue itself. Here is abject refusal to recognize that the creator’s law is not subject to change by his creatures. The gentleman needs to learn that “life does not fall under human dominion, so that no one may be deprived of life other than for one’s own guilt.” (Francisco Suarez, “The Three Theological Virtues.”)

We must realize that we “cannot renounce the responsibility for our soul.” (Thomas Merton, “Life and Holiness.”) There is the necessity to oppose the concerns of those inimitable to any faith that recognizes a greater authority than secular elitists. “For it is plain they do not esteem spiritual of heavenly things above those of the world.” (John Chrysostom, “On Respect Due to the Church of God.”)

Obama has sent his representatives a message that this tyranny is “God’s will,” and that the population not only tolerate grave inequity, but all must materially support it, under threat of financial ruin. One cannot help but wonder to whom he referred. At best, this statement is revelation of a twisted understanding of Scripture, and at worst, Obama was not referring to the creator, but to himself.

Ed Bednar

Wintersville