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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 01, 2019 1:00 am


Banks out of touch with shutdown realities

I cannot speak for the people who voted for Rep. Jim Banks, but he must think people in New Haven and Fort Wayne are ignorant and stupid. His comments at a town hall about President Trump not being to blame for the shutdown, no matter what he said, are amazing. Banks must know that in December, on national television, Trump said he would be “proud” to own the shutdown.

I don't know where Banks was, but Congress passed a continuing resolution before Christmas to keep the government open. Trump succumbed to pressure from Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Banks' buddies in the Freedom Caucus. He caused and owns the shutdown that held thousands of government workers hostage and cost billions of dollars.

When Feb. 15 (the next deadline before a possible shutdown) rolls around, I hope Banks will consider the people he represents.

John A. Gigli

Fort Wayne

Christ's teaching clear on treatment of others

Recently, there have been a few letters espousing that God “approves” of a border wall. The basis has been the biblical verse from Nehemiah 2:17. The writers conveniently ignore verses that show God tearing walls down when the citizens failed to heed his word. Sodom and Gomorrah were walled cities destroyed because of their iniquity. Then too, “Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, And the walls come tumbling down.” Some of the depravities listed for these cities can easily be found in the U.S. Couldn't that mean that any walls built here will also suffer God's wrath?

These same people will scoff at the rules listed in Leviticus 19 about burnt offerings, not having tattoos and not wearing clothing made of mixed fabrics while ignoring verses that oppose mistreatment of foreigners: “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.”

I find it interesting that people who identify as Christians cannot find validation in the New Testament which is, after all, the book of Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3:28, we are reminded that we are all one in Christ. There is no mention of walling off others; the emphasis is on joining together.

If people want to call themselves Christians, they should be following the words of Christ instead of reverting to Bronze and Iron Age writings. While the books of the Old Testament are valuable, Christians should, first and foremost, follow the second great commandment of Jesus: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Patricia G. Stahlhut

Fort Wayne

Trump's mendacity should trouble evangelicals more

I was reading Page 8A in the Jan. 22 Journal Gazette and I was drawn to the article titled “Fact check.”

I wondered why it wasn't on the front page.

It starts with “Misleading false claims reach 8,158” that can be attributed to our president, Donald Trump, in his approximately 760 days in office. A little simple math: This averages a little over 10 falsehoods a day. Why harp on this? I'm glad you asked.

His support from the so-called “evangelicals” has only dropped minimally. I remember a speech he gave at Liberty University when he was quoting the Bible book most churchgoers call “Second Corinthians.” Trump, showing his unfamiliarity, said “Two Corinthians,” which I'd never heard in any church I'd ever attended.

His supporters seem to think he tells only “white lies,” which are to be overlooked and accepted. My Bible has no differentiation on lies and liars; their final destination is hell.

I'm not speaking opinion, so do not direct your anger or defense of his looseness with the truth at me. These are Jesus' words concerning liars. So he is the one to “straighten out.”

Jimmy Fincher

Fort Wayne