I have a strange hobby of reading the papers long after they have been written. I like to look at the views of past articles and see if there is any transition from the past to the present.
It is my misfortune to say that there is no progress. It is Oct. 18, 2013, a year after an article I read bashing ones with faith, and today I see this is still a trend. Is this the standard? Is this where students turn a blind eye to the opinions of being ridiculed and chastised on behalf of one’s faith?
In William Zingrone’s article titled, “Facts, Not Faith Should Dominate Decision in D.C.” from Oct. 18, 2012, he focused on the “intolerant and probably religious person(s)” that would like for those to pose the question, “what would Jesus do?”
First of all, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want others blaspheming others as intolerant and looking at one’s faith in a negative connotation for doing the act of tearing down posters, when Zingrone has no witness of that.
There seems to be a pattern that Zingrone is consistently giving the “right-winged, intolerant, Christian bigots,” and that is simply, “shut up, sit down and listen to what the ‘open minded, left-winged, non-religious’ people have to say on every subject of every matter.”
Zingrone touched on Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), on the opinions he has on embryology and the theory of evolution, stating that Broun “pick(s) holes based on his faith in an absurd creation myth,” when in fact Zingrone seems to be consistently picking holes on people of faith, calling it an “absurd creation myth” in order to compensate the “legitimacy” of his faith, or lack thereof.
For example, when he brings about a fact of “at least 50 percent or more of human embryos die in the first two weeks,” and suddenly speaks of not only Broun, but clearly the entire Christian population who disagrees with Zingrone views of the formation of the universe as “constituting the killing of a human person,” when in fact if Zingrone would open up a book, other than Richard Dawkins or blogs from P.Z. Myers, one will find that in Black’s Law Dictionary it defines murder as:
“The crime committed where a person of sound mind and discretion kills any human creature in being and in the peace of the state or nation without any warrant, justification or excuse in law with malice aforethought, express or implied, that is, with a deliberate purpose or a design or determination distinctly formed in the mind before the commission of the act, provided that death results from the injury inflicted within one year and a day after its infliction.”
Therefore, the natural death of an embryo cannot be determined as murder.
Unfortunately, every week I see blatant disrespect by the Opinion section on how one’s faith has no place for being taken seriously.
It is faith that has led many to serve those who are dying of starvation, disease, a mundane water source.
Missionaries who give their lives, both domestically and internationally, to give shelter to the homeless, cure the ill, provide jobs to the unemployed – all of these are minute examples of how one’s faith has effected lives – the faithful and the unfaithful.
It seems that Zingrone has generalized the meaning of what faith is and believing in your creator, which is put “beautifully” by P.Z. Myers, which seems to be under the impression, his role-model, says:
“Faith is a vice pretending to be a virtue, its lies and errors and frothy nonsense deluding us and distracting us from action.
There’s no salvation in wishful thinking, only inertia. Faith is the enemy of reason.
The one thing every single one of us here must be united in despising is faith.
It’s the barren refuge of the vacuous, the fearful, the frauds and the obstacles to accomplishment.” (Reason Rally speech at the National Mall in Washington D.C.)
Finally, to Zingrone’s initial question he poses, I ask him the same question, “what would Jesus do?” And to the readers I pose the question, “why is there silence in the opposing side?”
We all have opinions, Republican or Democrat, Christian and Atheist. Racers, it is time you take your place.
Letter by David Madewell, Junior from Murray