I believe if you look back and read the letters to the editor Pastor Brent Waldemarsen has written, you will never find the word "hate" mentioned. There is not a malicious bone in his body. Personally, I do not "hate" those who have alternative lifestyles, I just don't believe as a Christian nation we should be straying from the foundation our great nation was built on, which is the word of God. The breakdown of the family has created the society we live in today. We can't fix it by allowing alternative marriages. After gay marriage, what's next? Polygamy? Marriage to animals?
Whenever there is so much noise and hoopla in the political arena as we are hearing over the proposal to enshrine discrimination against gays into our constitution and Sen. Dean Johnson, it is useful to ask who benefits from such noise and hoopla. What's the purpose of this circus? Simply put, this culture war conflagration is a strategy to wound Johnson so the Republicans can run their agenda over rural Minnesota. The Republican agenda has been relentless in this state and the nation.
It appears that the water safety patrol and the EMT people will be busy in the near future. This will happen when all of the "holier than thou" people that wrote letters to the editor try to walk on water and sink. Jim Schnell, Willmar
Senate Majority Dean Johnson apologized Monday on the Senate floor for "inaccurate statements" in January about how the state Supreme Court would rule on any challenge to the current law prohibiting same-sex marriages. Johnson's apology to the Senate and his constituents settles the ethics charges filed against him by several Republican senators. Johnson's contrition was appropriate. He apologized to the Senate, his constituents and to the New London-Spicer Ministerial. Now the time has come to move on. This episode certainly was humbling to Johnson as well it should be.
On the issue of ethics, in politics it seems that as long as you deny any wrongdoing, then none of what you are doing is wrong. Would knowing how the Supreme Court will decide on an issue before judgment is handed down be considered unethical, or just clever politics? Would knowing what a room full of pastors talked about in a public meeting be unethical?
What must our God think of us? Here we have two trusted ministers who preach the good news of God but have done wrong. One disobeyed a man-made law by taping a conversation in secret; the other told a falsehood, which is one of God's laws, the Ninth Commandment. So which is the greater sin? God will judge that! Now with a new political season upon us, I wish, I hope, I pray that "there will be peace in the valley."
Why do so many people like to point their finger at Sen. Dean Johnson? He may have made some wrong comments but Pastor Brent Waldemarsen should never have tape-recorded secretly. If he wanted Johnson's comments, then he should have written notes. As for all the opinions published in Public Forum on March 22, one comment per Bible quote: Leviticus 18:22. Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin. If people want to live that way, so be it. Don't go around and flaunt it or expect the same benefits as a man and wife have.
Why do people have to use big words to impress or confuse people? If you just use simple words, more people will read and enjoy the article. We have another situation where a politician (Sen. Dean Johnson) has not told the whole truth, nothing but the truth. The Republican Party has already asked for Johnson to resign his position. He may have stretched the truth somewhat, but he hasn't done anything worse than the Republican Party has. If House Speaker Steve Sviggum embellished the truth, he probably stretched the truth to the point of not telling the truth.
In regards to the South Dakota governor and his abortion stand, I would like to share something that I read. A question asked by Sen. Nancy Jacobs to Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, about gay marriage. "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?" Raskin replied, "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
If the Minnesota duck plan works at all, it will require some drastic changes. I submit the following for consideration. - The Department of the Interior must be influenced to cut limits and season lengths -- especially where birds are being over-harvested. The flooding of farm fields to attract ducks is a common practice south of Minnesota. We call that baiting. Political or lobbyist influence must be banished also. - Some say that the birds have changed flyways. Not true! The Dakotas do not have an increase of breeding birds.