New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
SUNDAY, APRIL ll, 1993 HERALD-ZE1TUNG 5-A
Letters to the EditorLetter on homosexuality missed the point, reader says
I want to respond to the letters critical of Dr. John Ingram Walker’s columns regarding homosexuality published in last Sunday’s paper.
0 Homosexuality by definition is 'against the natural theme of God’s creation. Procreation can’t "occur, and those who practice the ‘Illicit sex acts do so to satisfy their
1 immoral desires.
'■ Even those who do not believe ‘in the Bible or God can see that 'such revolting sex acts are antihuman. '
Those of us who do believe in ;God and the Bible can read in Leviticus 18:22-24 that such ’behavior is an abomination and ' Was punished by death (Leviticus 20:13).
<* If you think God might have •changed his mind in the New Testament, look up Romans 1:26-32. 'It is also interesting to note that the penalty for such actions has not changed.
- Mr. Steve Spivey’s comments concerning the genetic aspects of homosexuality missed the point -I think Dr. Walker was trying to ■'make.
Genetic predisposition does not •force a person to act against their will. For instance, a person genetr ically include to alcohol can refrain from drinking and avoid the terrible consequences of the addiction.
< I think a little self-control can stop a person from practicing .homosexuality any more than I I would a person who has a predis-[ position for alcohol, as long as J they practice self-control.
The Bible condemns drunken-! ness the same as it does homo-sexuality.
J To try to equate homophobia J with racial or human rights vio-* lations is ridiculous as there is no ! correlation between the two.
One is pure bigotry and the oth-
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| er involves moral values. Would J you call someone a bigot who is ; against drunkenness, murder, child abuse or any other violation of our societal values?
I don’t think so! In some states,
| sodomy and homosexual acts are ; illegal the same as public drunkenness, murder and child abuse.
Mr. Spivey talked about intolerance. Why should we be any more tolerant of homosexuality than we are of any other viola-jtion of our moral values? i Before anyone misunderstands Imy position, let me say it’s the iactions I oppose and not the people who may be caught up in such things, because none of us are perfect. But we do need to strive to refrain from violating God’s law.
I have no doubt, and I have seen evidences from persons being able to conquer and to refrain from homosexual acts.
. Some have married and enjoy a Wholesome family life. If I thought for one minute homosexuality was a condition like a fatal illness that has no cure and nothing could be done for it, I would not be speaking out against it.
Hopefully, those practicing such jicts will realize there is a better Way of life find make the effort to correct their lifestyle.
WJVL Abbott Jr.
Walker’s ‘courage and honesty’ commended
After reading the columns of Dr. John Ingram Walker in the Sunday editions of the Herald, I (lave been impressed by his pourage and honesty in saying yvhat he did about homosexuality.
In the present scorching climate of political correctness, many have Withered in the heat.
It is refreshing to read in the popular media a piece that does not shrink from the truth, even when it will surely cause those who are “right" to arch their eyebrows in surprise and disapproval.
If you haven’t yet, Dr. Walker, you will probably reap some backwash for sowing such “bigoted, narrow-minded and Neanderthal thoughts."
May you depend upon our Lord as you walk forward in this life, discovering the truth for yourself and desiring to communicate it toothers.
William R. Brocknseier New Braunfels
Walker’s columns reflect Biblical truth
The April 4 edition of the Herald contained several letters from citizens who accused Dr. John Ingram Walker of abusing his power and position in his recent column addressing the problem of homosexuality, and which subtly accused him of being intolerable and unempathetic towards the homosexuals, as well as a bigot.
We were deeply saddened that these people attacked Dr. Walker in this way — but we did expect these kinds of reactions after we read his article.
We were saddened at the reactions, because we do not believe that these people understand that Dr. Walker is approaching the problem of homosexuality from a Biblical stance.
He personally (we believe) was not being judgmental; he was only expressing a Biblical truth — homosexuality is not a normal lifestyle.
If you believe the Bible, believe in Jesus Christ, and believe that god’s word is truth and light, then you cannot possibly believe homosexuality is normal and acceptable (reference Romans 1:24-27, which is just one of many verses stating homosexuality is perverse and detestable in the eyes of the Lord).
You could further test this type of lifestyle logically: If homosexuality were normal, then heterosexuality would be abnormal. This is not the case. God did not create Adam and Edward; he created Adam and Eve.
One truth was stated in one of the letters of response: Dr. Walker is being moralistic. Bravo for him!
We believe that that’s one of the reasons our society is in a spiral downward to decadence. There are not enough of us who are moralistic anymore, and if we are, we’d rather look the other way, keep our mouths shut, passively accept the unacceptable and not stand up for what is moralistic.
We also believe Dr. Walker is empathetic. He was not condemning or judging the homosexual person. He was saying it’s the homosexual lifestyle that is not normal.
This belief is also based on a Biblical truth: Love the sinner; hate the sin.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ullrich New Braunfels
Columnist’s focus on right-wing politics
Thank you for printing two letters regarding Dr. John Ingram Walker’s abuse of power in his views on homosexuality. This is a psychiatrist who, until recently, enlightened us on subjects such as communication, self esteem and brotherly love.
It appears that Dr. Walker is now focused on extreme right-wing politics rather than mental health.
Disturbingly, he has allowed intolerant and negative political views to override his professional insight
In his April 4 column, he refers to the tyranny of government interference and the rights of individual freedom “as long as we don’t hurt anyone else."
Yet on March 7, Dr. Walker expressed support for interference in the private lives of homosexuals. This double standard is typical of people who feel that “their way"
is the only “right way."
Hopefully, this “black or white" point of view is not a reflection of this newspaper and our community.
In support of mental health and simple tolerance for differences, perhaps Dr. Walker's column could use some “professional help."
Please don’t deceive your readers by printing this dogma, graced with psychiatric titles and images of “correct" mental health.
Why not, more appropriately, call this column the “Political Opinions of John Ingram Walker, M.D.?"
Sharon Kerley New Braunfels
Comic strip not place for homosexuality
I was appalled to see the blatant disregard for family values, which I believe are held by the vast majority of your subscribers, displayed in the March 28 comic strip, “For Better or Worse," by Lynn Johnston.
Historically, the comics section has been a source of wholesome entertainment for both children and adults.
I do not believe the decent families of this finest of communities will appreciate the propagandizing of the perverted lifestyle of homosexuality in your otherwise fine newspaper.
The Holy Scriptures plainly teach that homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God.
If God does not judge this nation for the wanton slaughter of innocent babies and the sodomy of this sub-culture, the victims of Sodom and Gomorrah could rise up and cry, “Unjust! Unjust!”
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Zone G. Stephenson New Braunfels
Veterans are urged to join local organizations
With the new administration in Washington, D.C. looking for ways to reduce the spending, we can be pretty sure that they will be trying to further reduce Veterans’ Benefits.
The only way we can impress them is to present a united front by giving our advocates and lobbyists a significant number of members they represent
To the people sitting in Congress, these numbers represent votes.
There are 108 newly-elected members of Congress, and of this number, only seven are veterans.
Therefore, I urge each and every veteran to join a veterans’ organization to help preserve what benefits we still have left. We need look no further than our own
County Commissioners Court to see an example of how our benefits are being eroded. They have decided that the County Veterans’ Service Officer be reduced to a parttime position.
Just remember the old saying, “United we stand, divided we fall." There are a number of veterans organizations within the county, and I urge each and every one of you to seriously consider membership in one of them.
“Ski” Haneiwich Commander, VFW Port 7110 New Braunfels
Food drive successful due to giving spirit
During the month of Februaiy, we had a Neighbor to Neighbor Canned Food Drive, which was very successful.
It is so rewarding to live in a community that is so giving. I want to thank you and your staff for the good coverage you gave our project. We are very fortunate to be a part of a community aware of the needs of others.
God bless all of you.
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