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A sad reality

January 20, 2013

With regard to the letter entitled “Moral?”, any reasonable person knows the sad reality that bad things sometimes happen to good people....

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twinder

Jan-20-13 1:07 AM

There is no sane reason why high school students shoud not study the various religious writings. Not just the Bible. It just may help everyone to have a little better understanding of others in society and the world as a whole. How could learning about the various religions cause any harm?

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-20-13 2:58 AM

Parents need to take the lead role.

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sideliner

Jan-20-13 4:22 AM

Most world religions are based on the same moral and value systems. To learn their origins and history would truly be of value.

I whole heatedly advocate a non-sectarian instruction of basic values and morality, but whose do we teach? Mine, yours, someone else's?

I think the values instilled by the 10 Commandments would be a great place to start if it was taught in a historical context rather than a religious one. Just a thought...

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mikekerstetter

Jan-20-13 4:27 AM

ToTEXASfromPA-"Parents need to take the lead role."

Sadly, many don't or can't. They don't know how. They themselves were raised in less than moral surroundings, in homes where adultery and booze/drugs were the norm. Where if you got to a rough patch in your marriage you just left and moved on to a string of sexual partners. Too many kids are taught, through interaction and observance of adults around them, that the only thing valuable is their personal satisfaction at the time. They aren't taught how to deal with problems except to walk away from them. They aren't told that anything worth having is worth working and fighting for. Too many aren't taught the value of life. No, sadly, many parents don't take that lead role.

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MrShaman

Jan-20-13 6:57 AM

"I went through public school back in the days of classroom Bible reading.

I doubt any child was scarred for life upon hearing these passages, and maybe, just maybe some kids who came from households where little, if any, morality was displayed might have been affected positively." - Ken Robertson

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We WERE "affected positively"...to the distress of our "educators"/parents.

See:

Activism: The Legacy of the Hippie Movement in the Sixties

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CMReeder

Jan-20-13 9:57 AM

I agree with twinder's post however you will find that there are people who only want the Bible to be study and only the Christian religion studied.

I think children would benefit from a class on the various religions but I suspect that such a class would be deem more controversial than reading from the Bible every morning before class.

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DavidBross

Jan-20-13 10:12 AM

This is the second letter in a row that I have read that I enjoyed readig and thinking about. For me, that is because the author wasn't lecturing the reader or refusing to acknowledge the reasonableness of other points of view.

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philunderwood

Jan-20-13 11:12 AM

An individual make choices whether to respect the rights of others or not. Some chose to do the right thing simply because their self image requires them to do so; other’s self image requires them to take whatever they can, without considering the rights of others.

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CHayes

Jan-20-13 2:24 PM

" There is a moral deficiency among our young people,"

So then what you're saying is that should the parents of these people begin to suffer senile dementia as they get older, we can't count on these kids to empty the closets full of firearms their mentally unstable parents are sitting on? And if they do, then the weapons just change possession from someone too mentally unstable to have firearms, to someone too irresponsible to have firearms?

That's just great.

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JohnZook

Jan-20-13 4:53 PM

The eternal question is ,"is man able to rule or govern himself?" History has taught us that,at times, the answer is "no". Where humanity has been corrupted by the*****for power and greed, the image of God has been thrown off and the evil image of Sin takes over.

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JohnZook

Jan-20-13 4:53 PM

Can't say lu*t?

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LaughIn

Jan-20-13 5:57 PM

I like your POV Phil. The superficial being is something to be desired. As always, I have relied on the engines performance and a lot less on the dents,dings, and minor rust on the body.

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