Texas Baptist Forum

2nd Amendment & guns

The slaughter of people in this country occurs with increasing frequency. Mass killing has been made possible by the development of powerful automatic weapons in the so-called advanced nations. The mentally deranged and children frequently wantonly kill good people.

Regulations of production, sale, possession and use of weapons need to be strengthened and enforced with vigor. Action is needed because these horrible slaughters of human life are increasing.

Consider how this problem evolved. During the early days in the United States, there was no standing army to protect the nation. To meet the need for a military force, a citizens’ militia was formed. When the call to arms went out, the citizens would get their long rifles from their homes and assemble to defend the nation. There were no automatic weapons, which were designed for mass destruction of human life.

In that era—more than 200 years ago—the Second Amendment was adopted. It reads: “A well-regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Our judicial history reveals the Second Amendment does not mean any person may keep any weapon and bear it at any place.

An urgent need exists for more effective regulation of the manufacturing, sale, possession and use of automatic weapons that have the capacity for mass killing of humans.

Dale Brown



Texas Baptist ForumEvolution ‘not science’

No one could disagree with Daniel Foster’s quote in Out Loud: “Studying natural science doesn’t take anything away from God” (Nov. 29), but it is hard to understand how an educated person would assert that which was disproved scientifically more than 100 years ago—evolution (spontaneous generation), is an “established scientific fact.”

Not only is evolution not science, it violates almost every known scientific law! Jesus said, “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness.”

Ronald Reagan said it this way: “It’s not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that so much of what they know is not true.”

Jennifer Burgess


Taxes & dirty dishes

Today, I filled out the form to send my final estimated tax payment to the IRS for 2010. To be politically correct in today’s America, I suppose I should say it made my blood pressure rise to think about sending another tax payment to the government.

A little plaque has hung over our sink during the 28 years we have lived in our current home. It starts off with “Thank God for dirty dishes …” and goes on to tell us the dirty dishes are not only evidence of having enough food while many in the world are hungry, but it reminds of many other blessings as well.

Although my income has been modest over the years, I have paid taxes every year since 1957. Instead of complaining and getting upset about it, I compare paying taxes to the dirty dishes. The income I have received is evidence of God’s blessing, and it is a privilege to contribute my fair share for the benefit of the great country in which we live.

Carl L. Hess

Ozark, Ala.


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