Anti-LGBT clause could cause rift in families
I wonder if Trinity Academy understands what kind of message it is sending to the students with the clause in its contract regarding family members being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The clause states: “When the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.”
Does Trinity understand it is asking students to look at these members of their own family differently, maybe even creating a divide between them?
Trinity says it has not and will not deny admission to any student because of a relative who is gay or has a same-sex attraction. But that clause in the contract could confuse and place stress on some kids, because they know Trinity could enforce the clause.
The school is within its right to have the clause, because it is a private school. But I’m guessing it also is a school that promotes family. So why include a clause that would be confusing to some kids and potentially create a huge rift in the family?
Floyce Wattson, Wichita
Vote for Trump?
Growing up in Kansas, I experienced a culture that was basically true to its anti-slavery origins. Although my church bulletin board hosted a screed that claimed John F. Kennedy was a surrogate for the pope, most of my contemporaries were ecumenical and welcoming to others. The state rejected Barry Goldwater. Kansas’ Republican senators, James B. Pearson and Frank Carlson, voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. Pearson led the 1975 effort to reduce the threshold for cloture in the Senate from 67 votes to 60 votes, which diminished the power of Southern conservatives.
I was disappointed as Kansas morphed into a bastion for xenophobes, bigots and tea party zealots ignorant of the lessons of 1929 (President Hoover’s Great Depression).
Finally, in 2014, Kansas reached its nadir when voters re-elected Gov. Sam Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, after Brownback tanked the Kansas economy.
2016 presents the final test: Have Kansans stooped low enough to vote for the birther charlatan Donald Trump – a pathological and habitual liar and chameleon whenever confronted with his prior pronouncements? Will Kansans ascend from their abyss, or will they redefine “nadir” by descending further into a black hole of intolerance and lunacy?
James Wilson, Plantation, Fla.
What about Chicago?
I read last week about another bloodbath by firearms in Chicago (“20 shot in 16 hours of Chicago violence,” May 20 Eagle). Chicago, that toddlin’ town, can’t seem to keep its citizens from murdering and maiming one another at an ever-increasing rate.
Chicago has the strictest gun-control laws in our nation. It amuses me that our president never wants to hear about Chicago statistics while he goes on with his never-ending gun-control crusade. Likewise, Hillary Clinton will never mention Chicago or Washington, D.C., to make her point as to how well gun control works in places where it’s been in place for many years.
Let’s face reality, folks. Guns are already out there in the hands of the lawless, in numbers that can only be imagined. These guns cannot be confiscated, registered or made to go away. This kind of head-in-the-sand thinking is what puzzles me the most about liberal reasoning.
Don Maxey, Wichita
Drunks bigger worry
Everybody is afraid of ISIS. To be honest with you, I have never been afraid of ISIS. All of you weak-minded people have let that idiot Donald Trump scare you. I wonder if the people in Chicago are afraid of ISIS now. More people have been killed by drunken drivers in this country than ISIS has ever killed. So whom do we have to fear more, ISIS or a drunken driver?
Alex Ray Jr., Wichita
It seems as if each day the media tell us guns are not allowed in schools. Bad guys know they have at least 15 minutes to shoot and kill kids and teachers before the police arrive.
Every school should have a few select teachers who have received the exact same gun training that police receive and who carry their guns in school. That would keep kids and teachers from being killed.
We accept police with guns. Why should teachers with proper gun training be any different? How much are our kids worth?
Elmer Pinkerton, Wichita
Sheen for president
Charlie Sheen should run for president as an independent candidate.
He would get the Hollywood liberal vote and a share of the Hispanic vote, and draw significant numbers of women away from Hillary Clinton.
Unlike the two established party candidates, Sheen has limitless charisma, and his bad-boy image would appeal to the Christians who would want to give him a job to help him get over his drug-addiction issues.
But above all else, Sheen would run a “positive” campaign.
Steve W. Cartwright, Derby
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