Letters to the editor on evolution, homosexuality, excommunication, helpful strangers, great concert
06/08/2012 6:05 PM
06/08/2012 6:05 PM
Evolution debate is embarrassing
As an incoming freshman to Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, I am ecstatic to be taking part in its outstanding science program. But I was deeply disturbed by an Eagle article about how another evolution debate is brewing at the State Board of Education (June 7 Local & State).
Evolution has about 4.7 billion years of evidence supporting it, while creationism is 4,000 years or so of people not knowing any better. I hate to say it, but this debate makes me almost embarrassed to be from Kansas. If certain people get their way, welcome back to the Dark Ages.
Matthew Vines contends that the Bible doesn’t say homosexuality is a sin, nor does it condemn loving gay relationships (“Gay Christian’s video draws praise, scorn,” May 20 Eagle). As a lifelong Bible student with a working knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, I find this hard to believe.
It says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God, and includes the fornicators, adulterers and men who sleep with men. There is no exception listed similar to the adultery exception in Matthew 5:32. It sounds like condemnation to me.
Is an act of adultery permissible if the two people love each other? Is it permissible to rob a bank if you have a great love of money?
These discussions show us that if you torture the Bible long enough, it will confess to anything.
JACK L. ROGERS
OK to marry
I support gay marriage. Being a high school student, I see a range of different people. In my opinion, everyone deserves the right to speak their voice and have feelings for whom they like.
I am very pleased that President Obama shares the same view and is not afraid to speak out.
Regarding “Live up to identity” (June 2 Letters to the Editor): Excommunicate people for having a difference of opinion about abortion? This nation, let alone the world, is too diverse for that amount of narrow-mindedness. Just look at our history for proof of how well that has worked.
It took many people, spiritual and not, to make the wondrous world we have today. If everyone thought alike, there would not be a need for laws and rights, because no one would know that something was wrong or have courage to speak up. Then where would we all be?
LEIGH ANN STUMBLINGBEAR
I want to thank the lady and her son who were on their way to the Kansas Humane Society to walk dogs on June 1. I had taken my two young grandsons via stroller to Eastborough’s park before the rain started. We started home, and I got disoriented and lost and damp.
This wonderful lady stopped and put the stroller in the back of her car, put us in the back seat and took us home. I needed to thank her again. I don’t know her name, but you Wichitans need to know what great people you have in your city.
ROSE ANN BURKHART
On May 20, my husband and I were in an automobile accident on K-254 near Benton. We want to thank all who stopped and called 911, and all of the emergency medical technicians who checked us out and transported us to Wesley Medical Center. And thanks to all the personnel at Wesley who took care of us.
Mostly, I would like to thank a person named “Laura” who took the time to stay with me, talk to me and keep me calm.
God bless all of you for all you do for others.
This past Sunday afternoon some members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, with the leadership of retired clarinetist Jim Jones, joined with visitors in playing two of the great early Romantic works of music for chamber ensemble. People familiar with the Beethoven Septet and Schubert Octet – both for strings and woodwind instruments – know that this makes a pretty exciting concert, as it was.
This annual summer music program of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra benefited from the live acoustics of the new pavilion at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. It was a rare privilege to hear these seldom-programmed works locally, and so finely played in a pleasant and intimate building overlooking the arboretum grounds.