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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Hekalo-Zettvnc — Saturday, May 14, 2011 FORUM Herald-Zeitung Serving New Rraunftit and (lamal t aunty tintt USZ New Bisunfel* Zgiturtg was founded 185?, New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged m 1957 and punted in both German and English until 1958 Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Jamie Gregg «ft Mm United States Government TRUMPEISTIIBKIKI Guest Commentary Why should you read the Bible? So many people have spent lot of time and resources trying to prove or disprove the Bible for many centuries with little or no success. Some have been burnt and died for it while others have killed because of it. History shows us that there is no book that has been so loved, respected and yet hated and vulnerable as the Bible, which is why some people want to defend it. It appeals to both intellectual and uneducated, to the poor as well as to the rich from weak to the strongest. It has inspired humans of all races, color, gender, rank, smallest to greatest. God did not hire any person to defend the Bible but wants it preached and lived. Those who disprove the Bible believe that it is not a literal but a metaphorical / figurative storybook used to polarize ideologies, and societies while restricting them from doing whatever they want to do. When was the last time government gave you freedom to break its laws? Although the Bible does not force us to live according to it, it is a safe course in this ever-changing world. I hear a lot that the Bible is an ancient book, but is it still applicable or relevant today? Do you like poetry, science, history, laws, songs, wisdom or prophecy? There is nothing new under the sun. For more than 2,000 years, the facts about the Bible have been thoroughly examined by all curious minds and nothing new. To some of us, it is a reference book used JOHN RUSURIYE sporadically when data conflict and clarification is needed. In difficult times, when we have no explanation and want to blame somebody else, we can pull it out. Mahatma Gandhi, one of my favorite philosophers, has been quoted saying, "I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your C hristians are so unlike your Christ.” As a research scientist, I know that without a heart, one can be conscious only for few seconds due to lack of oxygenated blood to the brain. Love the Lord your God with all your heart to me means to give Him full control (heart, the supplier of blood, oxygen and nutrients.) No heart, no life; no God, no hope. To love God with your entire mind means to constantly think of Him and to love Him with all your strength means to use all your energy in serving Him and love your neighbors as yourselves. How can a man live without a heart? How do you wake up without God? I believe God is big enough to defend himself or his book. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is about one man — Jesus Christ. He was about serving instead of status; he was about giving instead of receiving and if professed Christians were to think and act like Jesus, we would never have to explain anything about God to anyone because everyone will know Him as suggested by Hebrews 8:11 — John Rnsuriye is an ordained deacon at New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist. Letter to the Editor GBRA should postpone repairs to l ake Dunlap dam until after summer A situation was brought to the attention of the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association (PLDA) Board members and we feel it necessary to pass this information to you immediately. We have been informed by Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority of their intent to repair the gates of the Lake Dunlap dam. CiBRA is in the midst of holding a bid session with contractors to perform this task Acc ording to the bid, work would commence upon I.) days from the acceptance date and could take up to 90 days for completion. A clause has been attached for penalty extending beyond the allotted time frame. This means it could reach past the 90 days. GBRA in its contract has decided to lower our lake 18 to 24 inches during this period to perform the repairs. Your PLDA Board is very disappointed and outraged with the idea of losing this summer's full access of the lake. We all went through a devastating loss in the 2010 flood and were denied use of our lake until an inspection of the cleanup was completed by GBRA. As the 2011 summer approaches excitement is buzzing, school is almost out, vacations will commence and our lake activities will once again be enjoyed. New boats and water toys of all kinds have been replaced from the flood and water recreation is anticipated by all. The PIDA Board feels the repair of the gates is not an immediate necessity and therefore should be postponed for the duration of the summer months. We feel GBRA would have adequate time to perform this repair following the Labor Day Holiday. This leaves our summer usage intact with a full pool in the lake which will not create any dangers of exposed stumps / unforeseen debris. Once again GBRA has little to no consideration for the homeowners / members of PLDA and the recreational use of our lake. We all pay extremely high taxes for the privilege of living on and convenient access of Lake Dunlap. We do not believe any of the taxing entities would understand our situation and be willing to lower the rates because GBRA has chosen prime-time to perform such repairs. We are asking all members to join together and let your voice be heard. If we stand united and voice our disapproval by way of e-mail, letters and phone calls, we will achieve results. Do not sit idle and think this will go away as it is on their website to the intent. GBRA is a good starting place to get your opinion heard but is certainly not the stopping point. Gov. Perry appointed the board members to GBRA and these people should also be aware of our situation. Jay Harmon PLDA hoard vice president LETTERS POUCY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels,TX e-mail them to: news@herald- Choosing the labels: How do we define ‘fundamentalist’? Few hot-button “fighting words” are tossed around with wilder abandon in journalism today than the historical term “fundamentalist." The powers that be at the Associated Press know this label is loaded and, thus, for several decades the wire service's style manual has offered this guidance for reporters, editors and broadcast producers around the world: “fundamentalist: The word gained usage in an early 20th century fundamen-talist-modernist controversy within Protestantism. ... (H)owever, fundamentalist has to a huge extent taken on pejorative connotations except when applied to groups that stress strict, literal interpretations of Scripture and separation from other Christians. "In general, do not use fundamentalist unless a group applies the word to itself." The problem is that religious authorities — the voices journalists quote — keep pinning this label on others. Thus, one expert's "evangelical" is another's "fundamentalist." TERRY MATTINGLY liny Mattingly is director of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and leads the project to study religion and the nem. toric definition will be disappointed. As philosopher Alvin Plantinga of the University of Notre Dame once quipped, among academics "fundamentalist" has become a "term of abuse or disapprobation.” "Still, there is a bit more to the meaning. ... In addition to its emotive force, it does have some cognitive content, and ordinarily denotes relatively conservative theological views," noted Plantinga in an Oxford Press publication. "Its cognitive content is given by the phrase 'considerably to the right, theologically speaking, of me and my enlightened friends.'" This linguistic fight has spread to other faiths and, thus, affects religion news worldwide. I he Orthodox side of ludaism now consists of "ultra-conservatives," "traditionalists," "ultra-Orthodox" or "fundamentalists," depending on who defines the terms. There are "fundamentalist" Hindus, as well. In Islam, journalists keep trying to draw lines between "Islamists," "Muslim radicals," "fringe groups" m g    i    »1    n    if*    *    1    i    uuivui9|    11    LIUUUo For progressive Catholics, in oth- and a spectrum of other undefined er words, Pope Benedict XVI is a doctrinal camps including, of fundamentalist on sexuality.    course, "fundamentalists." Aiwone who expects scholars to    This confusion makes it hard    for stand strong and defend a basic, his- researchers with good intentions to shed light on news events in complex cultures. l ake Egypt, for example, a nation in which conflicts exist between multiple forms of Islam and various religious minorities, including the Coptic Orthodox Christians who are nearly 10 percent of the population. Recent surveys by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project tried to find defining lines between political and religious groups in Egypt, after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. "Egyptians hold diverse views about religion," stated the report. "About six-in-ten (62 percent) think laws should stricdy follow the teachings of the Quran. "However, only 31 percent of Egyptian Muslims say they sympathize with Islamic fundamentalists, while nearly the same number (30 percent) say they sympathize with those who disagree with the fundamentalists, and 26 percent have mixed views on this question." Meanwhile, on two other crucial questions: "Relatively few (39 percent) give high priority to women having the same rights as men.... Overall, just 36 percent think it is very important that Coptic Christians and other religious minorities are able to freely practice their religions." So while only 31 percent sympathize with "fundamentalist" Muslims, 60-plus percent decline to give high priority to equal rights for women and 62 percent believe Egypt’s laws should STRICTLY follow the Quran. Also, only 36 percent strongly favor religious liberty for religious minorities. Each of these stances meshes easily with alternative "fundamentalism" definitions offered by experts. To add more complexity, 75 percent of those surveyed had a somewhat or very favorable view of the Muslim Brotherhood’s surging role in Egyptian life — a group long classified as "fundamentalist" in global reports, such as historian Martin Marty's "Fundamentalism as a Social Phenomenon" in 1988. While there is no Arabic word for "fundamentalist," Pew researchers believe many Egyptians have begun applying a similar term to some groups of "very conservative Muslims," according to James Bell, director of international survey research for the Pew Research Center. However, he added, the complexities and even conflicts inside these new survey results make it hard to say specifically who is or who isn't a "fundamentalist" in the context of Egypt today. "For our Egypt survey, the term fundamentalist' was translated into Arabic as 'usuuli,' which means close to the root, rule or fundamental," he explained. "It is our understanding that this Arabic term is commonly used to describe conservative Muslims.... So that's the word that we used." PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE............... ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fex: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fex: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONG RESSM AN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2409 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 615 E. Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Doug Miller EXT E1.216 RO. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 463-5896 STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. wentworth N E W BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. P.O. 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