published Friday, February 21st, 2014

Free trade and Volkswagen and other letters to the editors

Free trade and Volkswagen

With the UAW vote over with and all the rhetoric from our local and national politicians quiet for the moment, let us look at the real factor for acquiring a new production line at the Chattanooga VW plant. This is the second time Chattanooga has been in consideration for a VW expansion, with VW choosing Mexico the last time. The issue is not one of union representation; it is one of free trade status. Vehicles produced in Mexico enjoy free status due to Mexican politicians seeing the big global picture, which allows manufacturers there to compete worldwide. As long as the United States chooses not to participate in worldwide free trade, our United States manufacturers (VW included) will be limited in their markets. Sen. Corker, I believe this is an issue you can have an impact on.

JEFFREY EASTMAN, Athens, Tenn.


Understanding the Muslim way

Killing in the name of Allah in the Muslim society is not news; it is a way of life. Recently, 13 people were killed while enjoying a romantic movie in a crowded theater in Pakistan. Righteous Muslims took responsibility, declaring that the movie was obscene and influenced by Western culture. Some Muslims are motivated by their religious belief that they must destroy whatever conflicts with true Islam. They are a dangerous enemy of civilized society. In Islam there is a specific doctrine of “absolute submission” that motivates Muslims to obey Allah and his messenger. For Muslims, obedience is important because it opens the gates of paradise. Lack of obedience is sure hell. Those who obey, fight and die for Islam, Allah has a ready paradise for them. To win the favor of Allah, Muslims take very seriously the mandate to kill infidels and immoral people. It is really all about getting into paradise! The West and Americans have a hard time understanding this doctrine. They wonder, “Are they all just crazy?” I can assure you, these people are not crazy. They are following a religion. If you understand this, none of their actions will even surprise you.

AMOS TAJ, Ooltewah


Let voters be signers

Regarding the petition to recall Chris Anderson, I believe if anyone in District 7 did not vote in the general election, they should not be allowed to sign the petition.

REBECCA ROCHAT


Sierra Club and volunteers

Contrary to Mr. Carr’s assertion in Louie Brogdon’s article in Thursday’s edition, that we environmentalists constitute an “industry,” let me point out first and foremost that my, and my organization’s — the Sierra Club — advocacy on behalf of Tennessee’s environment is all done by citizen volunteers. We don’t get paid one thin dime for what we do. We do it because we love the natural heritage of this state, and because of what that heritage means for the ordinary people of Tennessee. If that makes us an industry, then what does that make those entities whose sole purpose for existence is making a profit? And who contributes to politicians’ campaigns to keep making those profits; and in the case of the coal industry take most of those profits out of state? Yes, we oppose coal. It is the dirtiest fuel on this planet, which causes far more damage to peoples’ environment and health than could ever be justified by the money that coal companies make from it. Mr. Carr says the coal industry means a lot to the communities where it takes place. Maybe he should stop and talk to the members of those communities instead of the local politicians who benefit from those severance taxes he thinks so highly of.

AXEL C. RINGE, New Market, Tenn.


Weary of the cartoonist

Has Mr. Bennett so exhausted every possible angle to show his hatred for the Republican Party that he now has to resort to the local weather for material? (I am still trying to figure out his –Feb. 14 slap at the GOP.) Mr. Bennett’s expression of his one-dimensional passion has grown tiresome.

DAN S. SAWYER, Signal Mountain


Obama tied to unions

In (a recent) article regarding President Obama’s inaccurate comments regarding the UAW vote at VW, to be accurate, you should have reported that Obama received political contributions from the UAW in his first election. That also is the reason the local Democratic politicians were so much for the UAW. They get tons of money extracted from many union members who wouldn’t give otherwise.

JEFF WILSON, Ooltewah


Lessons from Vietnam

Hey, I have a great idea on how to curb the multibillion-dollar opium trade in Afghanistan that has America hooked. Spray the fields with Agent Orange. The government didn’t hesitate to spray us or innocent civilians in Vietnam.

BILLY MARTIN, Vietnam vet Cleveland, Tenn.


Death penalty proposal

Let the family of the murdered victim execute the inmate the same way they killed their victim. Execution problem solved.

MITCH BOWMAN, Chickamauga, Ga.

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librul said...

Mr. Taj:

Killing in the name of the xtian god in the xtian society is not news; it happens far too often. A medical doctors was killed while attending services in a crowded church in Kansas. A crazed, self righteous christian took responsibility, declaring that the doctor was obscene despite providing a legal medical procedure to patients at their request. Some christians are motivated by their belief that their religion is somehow true while all others are false. They are a dangerous enemy of civilized society. In societies ruled by christian religion there is no more "freedom" than those where “absolute submission” is demanded that motivates some people to obey their god and his "messengers". For religionists in such societies, obedience is important because it points the way to "heaven". Lack of obedience, their clergy say, is surely the way to hell. For those who obey, fight and die for their warped beliefs, their god has rewards for them. To win the favor of their god, christians take very seriously the mandate to kill those they define as infidels and immoral people. It is really all about getting into "heaven"! Peace-loving people have a hard time understanding such beliefs. They wonder, “Are they all just crazy?” I can assure you, such people are not crazy. They are following a religion that has poisoned their mind. If you understand this, none of their actions will even surprise you.

February 21, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.
LibDem said...

Gosh, Mr. AMOS TAJ, I hope those darn Muslims don't start messing with our snakes.

February 21, 2014 at 7:48 a.m.
schizka said...

Mr. TJ Amos, don't leave out people who kill in the name of a Christian God. You could start with Deanna Laney, the 39 year old mom who murdered her two boys by bashing their heads in with rocks. She thought she got her orders from the Christian god. Then there's Andrea Yates who murdered her five children to keep them pure for the Christian god.

Now jumping off what you've written:

Killing in the name of the Christian God in the Christian society is not news; it is a way of life (for many). Recent conflicts around the globe and specifically the Middle East and Africa have western religious overtones involved.. Righteous Christian extremist from the west do not admit to their involvement, they carry out their misdeeds via proxy. . Some Christians are motivated by their religious belief that they must destroy whatever conflicts with true Christianity--like the far right dude who recently said Jesus will return to earth with a AR-15 strapped to his side.. They are a dangerous enemy of civilized society. In Christianity there is a specific doctrine of “absolute submission” that motivates some Christians to obey the Christian god and his messenger. For some Christians, obedience and absolute submission are important because it opens the gates of heaven. Lack of obedience is sure hell. Those who obey, fight and die for Christianity. Their has a ready paradise aka heaven for them. To win the favor of the Christian god, Christians take very seriously the mandate to kill And the rest is well..............the history of any organized religion. Even and especially western religion.***

February 21, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"It is really all about getting into paradise! The West and Americans have a hard time understanding this doctrine. They wonder, 'Are they all just crazy?' I can assure you, these people are not crazy. They are following a religion. If you understand this, none of their actions will even surprise you."

Amos Taj, most of us get that already. We do in fact understand what motivates the fundamentalist Muslims to kill non-believers (infidels). And you know what? They ARE crazy! Following a religion to the point of obeying what some dead prophet dictated over 2000 years ago or what an invisible sky daddy still dictates today pretty much makes somebody as crazy as batsh!t in my book. You sound as if we should be more accepting of them if we understand that they are merely "following a religion" and doing what they think will get them into heaven. Just knowing what motivates jihadists to behead or slay innocent human beings, so that they can qualify for getting into their imaginary eternal paradise, does not make it any easier to swallow.

All of the monotheistic religions are primarily concerned with getting into heaven. It is not love or compassion first and foremost that motivates their followers, it is the fear of death, or worse yet, a fear of an imaginary eternal hell after death, and a compelling desire for their ego to remain intact and live forever. Their fear of being mere mortals, and hence eventually dying, makes them so irrational that they grasp at whatever gives them hope for an eternal paradise and it has always been religion that offers that hope, even though most of what comprises each religion is based on obvious lies and primitive myths. Most reasonable people easily see through the curtain of myths and lies but the religionists, especially the overly zealous and insecure ones, latch on to those lies like leeches and never let go, shutting out reason all together.

I'm sorry but these people pretty much qualify for crazy as far as I'm concerned. Calling it religion is just society's way of being polite and letting them take cover for their otherwise illogical and sometimes downright psychotic behavior, whether it be playing with venomous snakes, killing abortion doctors, or beheading infidels.

February 21, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
TheCommander said...

You all go on your usual rabid attack against Christianity for absolutely no reason. How can you idiots be sure that Amos Taj is not one of your fine fellow atheists?

yes, go back and re-read his letter. Are you liberals not completely irrational?

You made a very stupid assumption based on your very violent bias and lashed out like a pack of wild dogs. Could not an atheist have written every word Mr. Taj wrote?

February 21, 2014 at 7:33 p.m.

Librul, you're just an a$$. You're laughable. 55 million abortions since 1973. Abortions of black babies outnumber births a black babies in NYC now. What happens far too often, Christians killing the name of Christ? Oh, that's a big movement in the year 2014. Sorry, but Muslims have been on rampage to kill anyone who doesn't believe since, what, 600 a.d. You liberals feel emboldened to put down Christians in this country because you know nothing will happen to you. But, go to Iran, Saud Arabia, Afghanistan, etc. and do it there and see what happens to you. Heck, even here if you're vocal enough there's a chance they'll go after you. You're a complete fool.

February 21, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Commander, I am well aware that Mr. Taj could be Christian, Muslim, or even atheist. I don't care what he is, my response had nothing to do with his religion or lack thereof. I don't automatically lash out at anybody because they happen to be Christian nor do I automatically agree with someone if she/he happens to be an atheist. His comment that people are not necessarily "crazy" if they do violent or absurd things in the name of religion is what I was responding to. I happen to think that violent or irrational behavior in the name of religion still qualifies for being called crazy. It's as simple as that. Feel free to disagree with me (and I'm sure you do), but I don't consider my response lashing out or being irrational - not even close.

In your very brief comment you called us liberal posters "idiots," "completely irrational," and you accused us of making a "rabid attack," lashing out like a "pack of wild dogs," and making a "stupid assumption." You're a real hoot. I'd say if anybody is being irrational and lashing out it's you, el comandante. Chill.

February 21, 2014 at 11:41 p.m.
librul said...

Au contraire, bleedingfist ...

Your response is woefully unconsidered. The simple fact is that it makes no difference which of the couple of thousand religions has poisoned otherwise reasonable people's minds - they are all equally worthless and debilitating in the realm of human existence and all equally guilty of creating the most damnable acts of inhumanity. THAT was the reason I took Mr. Taj's words as a guide and rewrote his post into a anti-christianist rant as opposed to an anti-islamist rant. It would be simple to write one making the points I state above with reference to no particular religion.

Were all people living in a world where the only basis for human relationships was a fundamental acceptance of the other simply as a fellow human, absent of the gross prejudices gifted to them by religion and such sicknesses as capitalism, the world would be a far more pleasant place.

Christians make great sport of describing those who follow islam as rabid murderers while ignoring the history of the crusades and the interminable insults visited on people around the globe by christianists. The fact that Mr. Taj could not broaden the scope of his rant to include similar criticism of other religions left one with little reason to suspect that it was not just another christianist outbust against islam. Debate about how religions have devolved into nothing more than excuses for violence against other humans will never rid us of them because, as a species, we are still nothing more than petulant, prejudiced children. Children who, as long as the divisive influence of religion plays a role in life, will never find it possible to live in peace with one another.

--- "Christians and Jews don't believe in Allah or Brahma. Hindus don't believe in Yahweh or Allah. Muslims don't believe in Brahma or Yahweh. Atheists agree with all of them." - Mark Thomas

February 22, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.
soakya said...

"The simple fact is that it makes no difference which of the couple of thousand religions has poisoned otherwise reasonable people's minds - they are all equally worthless and debilitating in the realm of human existence and all equally guilty of creating the most damnable acts of inhumanity."-lIBRUL

you could have attacked any religion and yet you went off on Christianity. An do please tell us the history of the crusades.

February 22, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
TheCommander said...

Rickaroo, you should have known I wasn't talking to you when I said idiots. You are the smartest man in the world. We all know it to be true.

You know everything. You said so to Mr. Taj. There is nothing you can be taught. You never list any references. You never quote any thing from anyone. You are your own source of all wisdom. You are your own foot note. All that you know comes your very own mind.

Honestly, as soon as I see your name, I skip it. You know why? Here it is: This is Rickaroo in a nutshell: Christians bad, Atheists good. Jesus bad, Rickaroo good. Republicans bad, Democrats good. Tea Party Very bad, occupiers good. capitalism bad, big government good. individual charity bad, government programs good.

oh yeah, one more - creation wrong, spontaneous big bang correct.

Do I have you covered?

February 22, 2014 at 10:31 p.m.
TheCommander said...

Librul, here's your chance to prove me wrong: In your very first post you wrote about a 200 word anti-christian rant. I want you to now write a 200 word (minimum) anti-Islam rant. Include specifics of Muslim crimes like you did in the first post. I really want to see the intensity and loathing. Wow, I feel like a 5th grade teacher assigning a common core English lesson!! Your assignment is due by 11:00 AM tomorrow; right before you head to church! LOL

I can't wait to read it!!

Thanks Soakya. You got it right. They are not the equal opportunity offenders they say they are, are they?

February 22, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.
soakya said...

yeah commander I believe you nailed it. that sums up the roo.

February 22, 2014 at 11:06 p.m.
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