Letter to the Editor

A parent's concern

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Many parents today are concerned about the programming on TV, computers, websites, iPhones, etc. that are questionable, and expose children to subject matter that they feel needs parental approval.

There are people who think freedom of speech and freedom of opinion is best. They feel it does children no good to live sheltered lives when real life is so hard these days. They are saying it's OK to watch government-sponsored programs that sometimes feature shows with a rock singer whose hate lyrics may have inspired two teenagers to open fire on their classmates in Colorado. Or, documentaries where students learn the proper way to use a condom. In another case, a chat conversation included dialogue between two people who called themselves students and members of a neo-Nazi group. Their discussions, caught in print, and now in the hands of children, involved advice on how to make bombs and stockpile ammunition so one of the students could "take care of business," at this local school. There are also several exchanges that contained blatantly graphic sexual material.

The majority of new movies being produced currently are not hits unless they are full of over-the-top violence, sex or witches, demons and werewolves, etc. These movies are rated "OK" to be aired on TV where any age child can view them! (Oh -- where is the Hoges offices when we need them?) (Hoges office was censorship in bygone days.)

After decades of oppression and government bans on Bibles all over Europe (even recently) school students were not allowed to mention Jesus' name in school or at home! Easter break became spring break, prayer was forbidden at graduation ceremonies. Schools, however, permitted rock lyrics with a message of hatred but a student dare not sing a song of praise to God. Sound familiar?

Children with the freedom to purchase guns opened fire in schools, killing their classmates, especially Christians and Jews! The ACLU defended those same students' rights to carry symbols of death, swastikas and hate language on their notebooks and T-shirts. In Germany 60 years ago, Hitler called for a forced burning of Bibles right in the street and then killed six million Jews and many Christians "in the name of God."

Not many years ago, the then-Russian Prime Minister remarked that "America will be destroyed from within." We are well on our way, it seems! How long will it be before the U.S. government bans Bibles? Before Christians are hunted down and thrown into jail for being conspirators against the government?

Today, in many Arab-Muslim nations, people are being jailed, tormented, crucified, burned alive and beheaded for their Christian faith. If we take a stand against violence, get active against inappropriate books and magazines on store shelves that preach the doctrine of murder and suicide; stand against commercialized programs full of questionable material, even if sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, then suddenly we have crossed the line.

The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Please take a look at our $1 bill, printed by the U.S. government and recognized worldwide as the material currency of this country. It says on that $1 bill "In God we trust." Is that really so? Or is that only the way we used to feel, 200 years ago when it was popular to feel that way back when our country was first founded? George Washington's picture is on the bill. It would be interesting if we could ask what he thought about our country today, where a parent could even lose custody of their child because of their beliefs. George Washington would not recognize this country! We do have his words, however. In a public address in May 1789, George Washington stated: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature on it."

\In another address, he said: "The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeable to their conscience is not only among their choicest of blessings but also among their rights."

In 1792, President Washington said: "We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. It is our boast that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit for him the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of any right whatsoever."

Those words of George Washington seem to bring a measure of perspective to a system gone mad. The First Amendment was added to the constitution Dec. 15, 1791. It absolutely forbids the government to pass any law or make any decision that would prohibit the free exercise of religion. The day will come, however, mark my words, where a parent will lose custody of their child if their beliefs are not in keeping with the nation as a whole because we have very many left-wing liberals seeking and getting control of this nation who believe that extreme beliefs are dangerous, pure and simple.

Religious persecution is a common thing today, even in the good ol' USA. Now we have a weak, very liberal president, who by the way has gone to Syria where freedom of religion is very iffy. The last time he made a visit to the Arab county, he bowed before the Mullah and kissed his ring. Imagine! The president of the United States of America doing obedience to an Arab ruler! That shows where his fidelity lies, and perhaps why he made the Iran deal!

Maybe this time they will make him a Mullah and we will be rid of him! Nah! He would have to take Hillary with him. We can only dream.

Every voter please read "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas" by Edward Klein. It will open your eyes.

Patti Hollendorff

Berryville