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August 9, 2011
Regarding your recent editorial on school boards and whether they should be elected or appointed ("A better school board," Aug. 5), I am reminded of an old story that's worth repeating. God wanted to create a fool during the days of creation, but decided that he first needed some practice, so he created school boards! Fredrick Matos, Annapolis
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NEWS
October 4, 2014
As a theologian and biblical scholar, I wish to respond to two points made by commentator Thomas Schaller, whose disdain for using religion to underwrite war I share ( "The Islamic State's false promise," Sept. 30). The practices he attributes to fundamentalist Christians in military institutions are simply more extreme forms of the misguided religious language used to support war in general. We see this, for example, in the pervasive rhetoric of "God bless our troops" from the president on down to local newspapers, church prayer meetings and everyday conversation.
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NEWS
February 20, 2011
If Maryland becomes a same-sex marriage state, there is no doubt that some openly gay men and women will come to church demanding acceptance. Under the false pretense that they are married, in their minds they should not be denied church membership. But what the world must understand is that as Christians, we're not homophobic and bigoted as many would depict us. We do not hate men and women caught up in the homosexual lifestyle. We simply believe that marriage is ordained of God and the family is sacred.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
I just finished reading the article, "Michael Brown's parents come to Baltimore to help information initiative," Sept. 28," and I thought that I missed something in it so I read it four more times. Lo-and-behold, I did not miss anything. I just thought that perhaps the grieving parents - and I sincerely pray not only for their grief to be lessened by the many graces of God but also for the repose of their son's soul - might have thought to address that fact that since their son met an untimely death, so have over 10,000 other blacks shot and/or knifed to death in the many crime-ridden streets of our nation's cities.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
As a devout Christian, I have spent the majority of my 62 years in close relationship with a God of love, compassion and acceptance. Once who created me in His own image, to live in His ways on this earth, and to care for the other creatures who He created, whether human or not. He commanded me in Baptism to lead a good life and to worship Him. In Confirmation, I accepted His challenge. Later in life, I took on more responsibilities to make known His holy word to others in all that I do each day, whether personally, or in business situations.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Will the negative media coverage created by Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's incendiary remark, "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen," be drowned in Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters? That would be convenient for Mitt Romney. The GOP presidential nominee offered a brief statement condemning Mr. Mourdock's outrageous view of this important women's health issue, but he made little effort to distance himself from Mr. Mourdock politically.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
The Ecumenical Leaders Group represents seven denominations of Christian churches in Maryland. We are heartsick about the impact climate change is having on our neighbors close to home and around the world and mindful that the survival and flourishing of all peoples depend on our ability to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources ( "Too much carbon, too little time," Sept. 11). Heat-trapping pollution like carbon dioxide and methane, released into the air by humans at unprecedented levels in the last hundred years, has damaged our climate and made our oceans more acidic.
NEWS
September 9, 2012
The Democrats initially omitted any reference to God in their platform. In defense, a DNC spokesperson explained that some might find God offensive. Oh really! After much bad publicity about giving God the boot, a vote was taken. Even though the voice vote reflected the majority wanted God left out, the DNC allowed God back on their convention bus, but only as a passenger, not the driver. In an earlier interview, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was asked why the DNC took God out of their party platform, and he replied "Don't accuse the Democrats of being godless.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
As election day approaches, The Sun has embarked on a campaign to discredit those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman ("Misinformation campaign," Aug. 26). Adam's partner was not a man named Steve but a woman named Eve. That is the pattern that God gave us to live by. Only a man and a woman can procreate. Two men can't procreate. Two women can't procreate. The human race could have never begun except by a man and a woman. So the only natural, God-ordained companions are a man and a woman.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
According to the book of Genesis, the core of the devil's temptation of Adam and Eve was the suggestion that they would become like gods, knowing good and evil. Last Friday's decision by the Maryland House of Delegates is only one of several recent attempts by legislatures, courts and government executives to act like gods, redefining good and evil. How much longer will it be before they start acting like Roman emperors, demanding that we worship them as gods? Charles Roswell, Columbia
NEWS
September 22, 2014
The Ecumenical Leaders Group represents seven denominations of Christian churches in Maryland. We are heartsick about the impact climate change is having on our neighbors close to home and around the world and mindful that the survival and flourishing of all peoples depend on our ability to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources ( "Too much carbon, too little time," Sept. 11). Heat-trapping pollution like carbon dioxide and methane, released into the air by humans at unprecedented levels in the last hundred years, has damaged our climate and made our oceans more acidic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
NEWS
By Joseph Swartz | June 4, 2014
Recently, I helped found Millennial Maryland, a group that advocates a different vision for both Maryland and the Republican Party. That vision includes an understanding of the wider world, the embrace of civility and the constant pursuit of intellectual knowledge. Allow me to take this moment to underscore why these things matter. On his blog Monday, Allen West, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Florida GOP congressman, posted a video of Bob Bergdahl, the father of recovered POW and potential deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Singer Toni Braxton is grappling with guilt from an abortion she had years ago. In her newly-published memoir, "Unbreak My Heart," Braxton writes that she wonders if her younger son's autism could be a punishment from God because she had an abortion.  Braxton grew up an extremely religious family in Severn.  She wasn't allowed to wear pants -- only skirts and dresses -- and was forbidden from going to the movies, the NY Daily News reports.  " Homework was usually neglected because children at the church where her parents worshiped were obliged to memorize 26 scriptures a week," according to the NY Daily News.  After the singer got engaged to her now-ex husband, she became pregnant while taking the anti-acne drug Accutane, which poses serious health risks to fetuses.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Heads bowed, hands clasped, they stood in the jockeys' room at Pimlico Race Course , one hour to first post, as one of their own led the riders in prayer. "Lord, take care of all those here who are risking their lives today - the jockeys and gallop boys, the gate crews and trainers," Richard Monterrey implored. "As for those who've come to bet on the horses, we pray that you protect them, too. " Then the group dispersed to don their silks. Those who face danger each time they ride a 1,000-pound horse at speeds reaching 40 mph say that a prayer beforehand calms their nerves and anchors their lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Much as it was on the Blackwater and at the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister's is once again in danger. And, much as he did in those situations, Tyrion must rely on his phenomenal way with words (and Peter Dinklage's phenomenal acting) to sidestep that danger. The closing minutes of “The Laws of Gods and Men” was a court scene - - let's call it Tyrion's Trial - - and it was one of the strongest scenes this season. Dinklage's final monologue summed up with true feeling all of his character's troubles throughout his privileged-but-demeaned life and the injustice he now finds himself facing.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
The recent letter from R. Smith ("The flawed arguments against same-sex marriage," Feb. 6) is false and disingenuous. The logic is fallacious because the examples do not define the object, in this case the Biblical definition of marriage. The bad examples and failures do not change marriage as between one man and one woman. And they do not justify changing marriage to include same-sex couples. God had a lot to say about marriage. Most specifically, in the beginning, God created humans as male and female.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Are you for same-sex marriage ("For Question 6," Oct. 31)? God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman. He gave no other options. Our loving God's plan is always perfect and for our own good. Will you defy Him? "Make no mistake about it, no one makes a fool of God. " (Gal. 4:16) Carolyn McComas, Fallston
NEWS
April 2, 2014
It's an interesting coincidence that two articles having to do with the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause recently appeared in The Sun. The simpler one was about a lady complaining her freedom of religion was being violated by county officials offering prayers before their meetings ("As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus," March 29). The somewhat more complicated article was about a physicist's finding of a particle smaller than the smallest one known to exist since the 1960s ( "Documentary follows 'Particle Fever' surrounding Higgs boson discovery," March 19)
NEWS
March 31, 2014
Where have all the atheist gone? The protest that Carroll County Commissioner Robin B. Frazier County is making requires some debate ( "A delicate balance," March 27). Her Jesus does not exist in atheist communities. That raises the question of who is correct. I was challenged by a practicing atheist to prove that God existed. The argument to me was that without faith there is no evidence to support the thesis. That was 15 years ago. I have completed a study of the challenge and it does not bode well for the theological model of existence.
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