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Letter from clergy leaders ignores children; Applaud pastors for their stance on abortion

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Children are excluded from the ‘religiously pro-choice’ position

To those “Clerics, Pastors and Counselors” who authored the statement titled “Abortion is a matter between a woman and her God” on the May 22 CDT Opinion page, I have a few questions. First, you know you have a great responsibility to the people you serve and especially to the God you claim to serve, don’t you? As such, I note that in your explanation of why you are “religiously pro-choice,” there are some people you never mention, some people who, unfortunately, cannot write an answer. It is the children in the womb who are affected by what you call the “necessary and merciful” procedure of abortion. What do you think they could say about what you wrote if, indeed, they could talk? What would those who have not been considered in the least by what you have written say of your words? Maybe I can help you. Jesus, whom the Bible calls “the head of the church” (and that means your church by the way) will say to all of us very soon, as he promised on the day he judges the world: “Truly I say to you, as you did to one of these least of my brethren, you did it to me. And He also said, “I say to you, in the day of judgment, people will answer for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. How do you think it might turn out for you at that time? to Him whom you claim to serve?

Leroy M. Young, Jr., Center Hall

Applauding pastors for abortion

I wholeheartedly agree with the pastors who signed the editorial that was in the Sunday paper. If the Supreme Court makes abortion illegal, that does not mean that there will be no more abortions. Instead, it means that those who, for whatever reason, choose to terminate their pregnancy will find that trying to do so will become much more difficult and dangerous for both mother and fetus.

Many years ago, our nation attempted to legislate morality by amending the Constitution to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. But enough people chose not to comply with that ruling that 16 years later that amendment was repealed. I wonder if the same will happen with abortions. If abortion is banned, will enough women continue to seek ways to end their pregnancies despite the difficulties and dangers of doing so for the country to make abortion legal again?

Bob Frankenberg, State College

SCOTUS takes responsibility for the mass killings

Much of the blame for the deaths of the children this week and for the continuing mass shootings should be assigned to the five Republican Supreme Court justices, John Roberts, Antonin Gregory Scalia, Anthony McLeod Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Anthony Alito, who voted in 2008 for the Heller decision. This decision essentially made it very difficult to draft legislation to restrict the use, sale and carrying of weapons useful for mass murder, such as AR-15 type assault weapons. This 5-4 decision inspired Republican lawmakers to pass all sorts of laws to encourage people to buy and carry such weapons. The Supreme Court justices acted on their political convictions. Surely they knew that the Second Amendment was passed so that the citizens of the state could possess arms to form a state militia so that a national army would not be needed to defend the United States. If the law is read literally, people should certainly be allowed to possess atomic weapons which are certainly weapons.

Roy Greenfield, State College

Limit gun violence with your vote

More children have died because spineless Republican politicians like Glenn Thompson oppose gun control.

When America finally has enough of this slaughter, we can stop it.

Vote.

Robert Baillie, State College

Reliable views on Russian history

Walter Uhler was a student in our graduate seminar on Russian history at Penn State. He was smart then; he’s still smart. I am writing to endorse the views expressed in his letter.

George Enteen, State College