Pro-Life Movement Akin To Civil Rights DriveI am appalled...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 18, 1993

Pro-Life Movement Akin To Civil Rights Drive

I am appalled at the anti-God editorial that appeared in The Evening Sun March 15 that calls all abortion protesters "extremists" and likens them to the Ku Klux Klan. One isolated incident involving a disturbed individual should not be twisted around to condemn an entire political movement. In fact, if you must compare pro-life protesters to any group or movement, liken them instead to the civil rights protesters of the 1960s.

The agenda of pro-lifers is to end murder and death and give rights to those who are denied them, not take lives and destroy rights as the KKK has done. And by likening the pro-life movement to such fringe radicals, you vastly underestimate the large chunk of the population that is against unrestricted abortion.

The growing frustration at anti-life politics is no excuse for murder or violence, but the Schumer-Morella bill aims to clamp shut the mouths of all pro-lifers the way communist rulers sought to silence those ideas that threatened their existence. Such a law would give anti-Christians all the more power. You should be ashamed of this slap in the face to Christianity. And the reference to "law-abiding people" -- the only law they abide by is one that allows murder. No one ever said that what is legal is right. Remember, under Hitler, the slaughter of Jews was fully legal.

And to add to this warped sensibility, the abortion protest murder made front page while a reporting of a baby girl who had her arm severed in an abortion that she survived was placed in the back pages of The Sun's front section on Feb. 23. And to top it off, this "story" was only five short paragraphs long. Who can say that this is any less gruesome and horrifying than the clinic doctor's murder? But, of course, it would only make a ripple in such newspapers that are part of a very, very sick society that continues to look the other way.

Rachael Riffee

Sykesville

Religious Values

Re: your editorial, "Teachers' Misguided Mission" (March 23), you state concerning teaching values in the public schools . . . "We have seen no evidence that such discrimination exists. Nor is it evident that the values inculcated by the public school

system are anti-Christian, or anti-religion."

I9 There is another dimension which is vital to consider here. Human sense assumes that whatever it recognizes is all that there is to actual reality. Whatever is evident to its perception is all that is really true about life and existence. The fact is that only by seeing past the illusion of the material senses are we able to discern the underlying evidence of what is really going on (as is so obviously the case in other matters of human experience) and see the true picture.

Merely because we "have seen no evidence" certainly doesn't mean that such evidence doesn't exist. It may be abundantly clear to genuine discernment; indeed it is to very many both in and out of the public school system.

The results of any endeavor speak unmistakably to the validity or invalidity of the basis from which it operates. The public school system's results overall attest that, by and large, it is working from generally erroneous assumptions, whatever its self-professed geniuses may proclaim.

E. Langdon

Hampstead

Drug Seizures

In his letter describing the "wonderful" work of the Carroll County Drug Task Force (Feb. 28), the county's state attorney, Tom Hickman, attempts to equate the number of arrests with success.

He fails to mention the outrageous behavior of the task force when they planted marijuana in an effort to politically discredit [former commissioner] Jeff Griffith. Nor does he mention those whose properties have been seized because of overly zealous bureaucrats whose Gestapo-like methods mock the Constitution.

The abuses of the confiscation laws have been well-documented, and these laws should be changed. Innocent people are losing property and thousands of dollars in legal fees just so politicians can claim "more arrests" and "greater success in the war on drugs." The truth is, we are not winning the war on drugs and, like Vietnam, it is unlikely we ever will. I never thought I'd be saying this, but it is time to pull out, legalize and tax drugs. That would put the drug lords out of business, as well as third-rate politicians who would use the law for their political gain.

Gene Edwards

Eldersburg

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