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A lack of understanding

It is sad to read letters like “The greatest sin” (June 8). The writer makes statements that indicate a lack of understanding about several matters.

He states, “(T)he Gospels tell us that the greatest sin, by far, is the sin of hypocrisy.” That is not true. The greatest sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is the only unforgivable sin and, therefore, the greatest sin (Matthew 12:31; Mark 3:28-29).

That letter writer also says, “It will be better for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah than it will be for hypocrites.” That also is not true. Jesus was referring to people who are not willing to listen to the Gospel message regarding how to experience forgiveness of sins and have eternal salvation (Matthew 10:14-15; Mark 6:11).

In addition, that letter writer asserts, “The destruction of life in an unfertilized egg or a sperm can be no less than the destruction of the life in a fetus, or a baby or an octogenarian. Thus, there can be no valid moral argument against abortion.” Again, what he states is not true. Neither an unfertilized egg nor sperm can have sustained life without the other. It is only when they come together that sustained life is possible. Abortion terminates the possibility of sustainable life.

Anyone who earnestly seeks to learn the truth about abortion can find it. But, like people who are not willing to listen to the Gospel message, many people are not willing to learn the truth about abortion.

Harvey Armour


Get together

I read about the YWCA pool closing (“YWCA shuts down pool,” May 31), then I read the article about BB&T planning some charitable giving of millions of dollars (“BB&T to double its local philanthropic giving to $174M,” June 5).

Have these two organizations talked? That pool was exceptional and a great health asset for our city. I hope they can get together on this project and give the pool a second chance.

Stephen Ashley



President Trump claimed before the election that he would be supportive of LGBTQ rights. At the beginning of June, LGBTQ Pride Month, he tweeted, “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”

But after he was elected, he purged references of LGBTQ people from the White House website. He also began a successful effort to ban LGBTQ people from serving in the military. Last week, he made outrageous and unfounded claims about the expense to the military of having LGBTQ people serve.

Last month, his administration started rolling back government rules designed to prevent health care discrimination against transgender people. And on June 7, he rejected requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during LGBTQ Pride Month. This is a break from a years-long tradition.

Whether one agrees with LGBT rights or not, this is more evidence that the president of the United States is nothing but a liar. His word cannot be trusted.

When he asks, “What do you have to lose?” the answer is “everything.”

April Reaves


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