Mr. English recently argued for tolerance on the issue of abortion and approaching the issue "with holiness, respect and love for your fellow man no matter where they stand" while he refers to Christian fundamentalist as ignorant "of the Bible on nearly every topic under the sun". I don't consider myself a Christian fundamentalist on the issue since I realize that there are indeed times when the decision to abort should fall to individual cases and circumstances. That being said, I cannot follow some of Mr. English's logic. He decries holding rigidly to Old Testament scripture verses taken out of context and viewed rigidly, and yet he quotes Talmud Bavli as unconditionally saying that life begins at 40 days. Why and on whose authority? Why is that any more authoritative than saying that life begins at conception? He quotes one Rabbi who states that abortion should be allowed if the mother's life is threatened by the pregnancy. This is a reasonable point to argue about, but he follows that with another Rabbi arguing that less than life-threatening issues could be used as a reason to justify an abortion. This is the very problem with the whole issue. Once the door was opened we have continued to liberalize the justification for the procedure until now it is done over 3,500 times a day in America. Many are paid for by those "ignorant fundamentalist" who can't believe that aborting an innocent "fellow man" before or after the Talmud's arbitrary 40-day deadline is something God would smile on. In fact, even if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim or non-believer, it is hard to understand anyone not being saddened by the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade. Certainly there are individual circumstances that must be considered such as rape, incest and threat to the mother. But, if these are individual decisions for which only God can judge, why should taxpayers who oppose unlimited abortion on strongly held moral grounds (and you can have those without being called an ignorant Christian fundamentalist) be forced to fund those procedures through money-making machines like Planned Parenthood clinics. If you want to have an abortion and be judged by God based on the circumstances, don't make me pay for it and share the guilt if there is any. The abortion movement was started by racist folks who wanted to rid America of folks they considered inferior. (Even today, almost half of abortions are to minorities). The idea was to create a superior breed of people in America. The whole eugenics movement of the early 20th century was found attractive to a leader Mr. English should be familiar with ... Adolf Hitler. The abortion industry in America has created a quiet Holocaust and must be reined in by good folks whatever their beliefs. Terry Taylor Tifton
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As a grandson of Henry Harding Tift and a long-time resident of Tift County, I would like to tip my hat to Edd Dorminey for the pivotal role he played in petitioning the state legislature to officially recognize the original intent that Tift County be named in honor of Capt. Tift.
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