Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death." The use of Leviticus to condemn and reject homosexuals is obviously a hypocritical, selective use of the Bible against gays and lesbians. Nobody today tries to keep all the laws of Leviticus. Leviticus 11:1-12 states that all unclean animals are forbidden as food, including rabbits, pigs, oysters, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, and clams.
We support Sen. Dean Johnson in the difficult matter of a recent private conversation with pastoral colleagues concerning the proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.
Outside the margins of any great book, the reader will hear the author's voice whispering its essence. The mindful reader listens and is enlightened. I'm a gay male, born and raised in New London. When you talk to me about social marginalization, you're 'preaching to the choir'. Pondering Senator Dean Johnson's taped conversation with the NL-S Ministerial Association, I can only roll my eyes. I scoff at Mr. Johnson, the NL-S Ministerial Association, its organizer Bill Miller, and the lecherous "tape-recorder" himself, Mr.
This meeting of the ministers, with Senator Johnson as the speaker was only for one reason, and that was for the senator to gain support for his support of not letting a vote come up on the Defense of Marriage Amendment. The senator used the power of the title supreme court justice and to make it more effective, he added the chief justice. This had to get the attention of the ministers.
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress retire all the time, but some retirements are leading indicators of the direction of our politics. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert's announcement last week to call it quits matters. The affable 69-year-old New York Republican is one of the last of a breed: a liberal Republican, though he calls himself a "moderate" and has the record to prove it. Boehlert's departure does not leave the House completely bereft of liberal Republicans -- Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa is actually more liberal than Boehlert. But Leach, alas, is an outlier.
Republicans are sure getting hot under the collar about Dean Johnson's activities. This is really odd because I don't remember any such Republican steam being blown about Vice President Dick Cheney a few years back. Cheney went on a hunting trip with U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the eve of a Supreme Court decision that personally involved the vice president. If memory serves me right, the decision was about whether Cheney had to release, to the press, the list of Energy Task Force members who wrote the energy bill.
In response to the headlines and stories in the West Central Tribune on March 17 and 18, I say Senator Johnson knows that many of his constituents do not favor the proposed constitutional amendment concerning marriage. I applaud the position he has taken and his courage in standing up to his critics. Eleanor Swanson New London
What kinds of values are being preached in Minnesota churches? Are some denominations targeted with scripted pro-administration values to pass on to their congregations? The basic message of my church has been one of love for one another. President George Bush's actions and policies of funding cuts to programs for children, the poor, and veterans' care while touting his Christianity are hypocrisy full blown.
I'm not worried about the ethics of Senator Dean Johnson; he has proven again and again that he is a man of exemplary character. What I am concerned about is the petty piety of the self-righteous minister with the red-hot tape recorder. I bet he thought Christmas had come early this year, when he was a guest at that ministerial meeting, and was excited as a little boy eavesdropping on his parent's conversation about Christmas gifts. Entrapment is such a nasty, dark-alley kind of word. When Senator Johnson decided to go into politics he knew it was a dirty game.
You'll never know what you got till it's gone. They paved paradise; they put up a parking lot. Citizens of the Benson area/School District 777 need to be aware there is a School Board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Benson High School library. The agenda includes a community group concerned with keeping the only public-use indoor pool available in Benson. An ill-spread false rumor was the pool is not regulation size. The pool is the correct size for competition. This 33-year-old pool was paid for by taxpayers' voted referendum. This is the first major expense.