November 1, 2012
I write in response to Dan Rodricks ' column, "Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" (Oct. 25). I more or less agree with his befuddlement with the "extravagant manifestations" of modern day religious Christianity. Nevertheless, his personal opinion concerning what Jesus would do in regard to homosexual marriage runs counter to Christian doctrine. The Bible preaches repentance, not unconditional love to those in willful rebellion against God. Mr. Rodricks makes the common error of confusing God's unconditional love for those who have repented and turned to him in faith, as manifested in Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, with a generalized, sentimental acceptance of all behaviors that dismissed the evils of sin and the severity of God's response to it. This is a fatal mistake.
October 29, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' selective use of Christian teaching on homosexuality is hypocritical ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). Mr. Rodricks has no problem believing that Paul's teaching of the Golden Rule is correct. But then he wants us to ignore Paul's writings on the sinful nature of homosexual acts. If Paul's teaching on homosexuality is wrong, then why should we believe any of his other teachings are right? For Christians, the homosexual act is a sin, and like all sins it is an offense against God and harmful to the person committing the sin. Thus in rejecting same-sex marriage, Christians are living the Golden Rule by showing their love for God and neighbor.
October 29, 2012
I appreciated Dan Rodricks ' insightful and compassionate column on the arguments against marriage equality being made by some church leaders, based on parts of the Bible that condemn homosexuality as "an abomination worthy of death" ("Same-sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25). As a student of the Old Testament, I examined the Book of Leviticus, from which that phrase is drawn, as well as other parts of the Bible. Sure enough, a man lying with another man commits a mortal sin. But lo and behold: In the Book of Exodus, working on the Sabbath is also a mortal sin. Elsewhere in Leviticus, a man who eats shellfish or pork, or cuts his hair and beard, also commits acts worthy of death.
October 28, 2012
Dan Rodricks ("Same sex unions: What would Jesus do?" Oct. 25) ventured all over the map in trying to discredit the Christian view about homosexuality. First, he tried to imply that the Christian view is that homosexuals should be put to death. I don't know of any Christians who think homosexuals should be put to death. Although Dan was all over the map concerning Christianity, lets just stick to the subject, homosexuality and same-sex unions. I don't know of a single major religion that condones sexual relations between two men or two women.
October 16, 2012
I read Jeff Kanyar's letter "For same-sex unions" (Oct. 14) which argues that since the Catholic Church acknowledges gays and lesbians exist, that this "thereby freed them from the burden of sin. " Where did the Church say that their sin is "freed" because they are acknowledged? Will he also acknowledge that murderers exist? And does this free them from their crimes? Thomas Bateman, Lutherville
October 4, 2012
Sinful Colors, a Revlon-owned nail-polish line, is warning state regulators of 117 layoffs in Beltsville as it closes the Prince George's County facility next year. The layoffs, set to begin Jan. 1, appear to be the Maryland manufacturing cuts that Revlon said in September would be coming as part of a global reorganization eliminating 250 jobs. The company would not say then how many layoffs would hit Maryland, or where its local manufacturing operations were located. State officials and a number of local economic development representatives said they didn't know the facility's location — even the Prince George's County Economic Development Corp.