YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Passage of Prop 26 urged by adopted man
Concerning the passage of Personhood Amendment in the election on Nov. 8:
I urge fellow Mississippians to vote “for” the Amendment 26, the Personhood Amendment, on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Its passage would expand legal protection to living human beings not yet born.
I advocate this position because surgical and chemical abortion kills human beings and it’s abusive to pregnant mothers physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In addition to my knowledge of basic biology, embryology and the historical Christian ethics of the sacredness of all human life, I speak as one who was adopted from an orphanage in 1943 after having been abandoned soon after birth.
I speak also from the unique perspective of a veteran “sidewalk counselor,” trying to help pregnant mothers and their companions choose life as they enter Mississippi’s abortion centers. I have dedicated approximately 10 hours a week for more than 25 years in this ministry.
It has been an experience. I have been overjoyed at the thousands of times I have seen mothers let their unborn babies continue to live, often with the help and support of the pro-life community.
What is the purpose of government? The first purpose of civil government is to protect its innocent citizens especially those in the dawn and dusk of life. Who is more innocent and helpless than today’s unborn babies? In order to give God a reason to hear our prayers and heal our land, the killing of the holy innocents must end. Mississippians, we are better than this.
C. Roy McMillan
Jackson

Homosexuality triggered by a hormone problem
In response to Tim Wildmon’s column on Hate in the Daily Journal on Oct. 9, I would like to say that homosexuality is not a choice but rather the result of a malfunction of the hormone distribution during the develop- mental stage in utero.
The choice comes only when the affected individual chooses to either live a God-pleasing life (as measured against the absolute standard of right and wrong in the scriptures) or the self-pleasing life consisting of giving in to the natural impulses.
As we are all more or less in the same boat as the homosexuals, driven by our natural inclinations (the seven deadly sins) we are admonished to love everyone and to hate only sin (not the sinner). God help us!
Ilona Bauer
Tupelo

Courts must follow only law on gay marriage
Last Sunday I read Tim Wildmon’s reaction to activists coming to Tupelo to protest the American Family Association of which Wildmon is the president, and the AFA’s stance against gay marriage. What I hope to do here is change the type of argument generally used for or against the issue of gay marriage.
Mr. Wildmon has a religious conviction that does not condone homosexual marriage, while my personal faith holds the exact opposite. The standard argument centers around what one group holds religiously true versus what another thinks is scripturally accurate. So legally, do we poll our citizens to see whose religion wins? Can we hold a national election to see which denomination gets it right and which is wrong?
In an argument for or against gay marriage being recognized legally, the courts have no responsibility to consider the way you or I might believe or the way God might feel. They must only follow the law, specifically the part that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”, a well written gem that trumps any state law that says otherwise.
Currently the Mississippi Constitution outlaws same-sex marriage, as do many other states, but this issue will ultimately be decided in the Supreme Court. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will continue to be judicially stripped of its power, and eventually the discrimination against homosexuals will cease – there is no way around this inevitable end as these laws circumvent the Freedom of Religion. Correctly, this legal issue will not be decided by a belief in God but by adherence to the law. We have the right to consult our scripture as to how to determine our religious life, but we have the duty to allow the Constitution to be final arbiter of the nation’s civil life.
As an article of faith, I supported the actions of these activists on Monday, and I planned to bring my daughter to some of the planned events. As a parent, it is my job to teach her my values, and when she is old enough she can choose to agree or disagree. I must also teach her that our religious beliefs should have no impact on constitutional law, but that we can still live our lives in the morality that our faith defines.
Charlie Buckley
Tupelo

People’s Summit set for Oct. 18 in Corinth
The annual People’s Summit of North Mississippi will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth. Featured speakers include U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, state Rep. Lester Carpenter and Lynn Fitch, candidate for treasurer.
The People’s Summit features a catered meal and keynote speeches, with one-on-one time with the speakers, as time allows, and everyone is invited.
The People’s Summit is sponsored by the Northeast Mississippi Republicans, but the group is not formally affiliated in any way with the Republican Party organization.
Lisha Hopper
Corinth