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Four Letters from the Omaha World Herald

Omaha World Herald, July 10, 2003
World Herald Square, Omaha, NE 68102
Fax: 402-345-4547

Letter: A Constitutional Query

A recent decision of “the Supremes” declared unconstitutional any law prohibiting any homosexual act performed in privacy.

In addition, the ACLU has sued the State of Nebraska for amending our constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. According to the ACLU, that portion of our constitution is not in accordance with the United States Constitution and is therefore unconstitutional.

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives states all powers not specifically delegated to or prohibited by the federal government. It seems to be only a matter of time before “the Supremes” will rewrite this amendment, just as they have done several of the others.

This leads to the ultimate question: What makes anything in the U.S. Constitution constitutional?

—Harvey Headley, Omaha

Letter: Preserve Free Speech

 This letter is in response to Joe Costanzo’s July 7 Pulse letter (“Protests can do harm”). It concerns Mr. Costanzo’s misunderstanding of what freedom of speech is, and not his sexual preference or mine.

It would seem that Mr. Costanzo supports freedom of speech as long as what is being said agrees with his point of view, preferences and beliefs. The protesters whom Mr. Costanzo would like to silence were exercising their legal rights, even though he didn’t like what they were saying.

I find it distasteful and painful that the burning of the U.S. flag is considered “freedom of speech.” However, I have to accept that, in order for there to be freedom of speech. Truly free speech is a two-way street that can either agree with or contradict oneself.

Contrary to Mr. Costanzo’s wishes, I pray that Nebraskans never attempt to silence the freedom of speech, no matter how distasteful it may be, just to suit him.

—Rick Krystof, Springfield, Neb.

Letter: Equality Is for All

 I was amused by Gene Dougherty’s July 4 Pulse rant about the moral and religious decline in America due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the Texas sodomy law.

Dougherty made two points—the first that we should look to the Declaration of Independence. Indeed we should. It states: “All Men are created equal.” It doesn’t say, “All heterosexual men, or all white men, or all English-speaking men.”

Second, he cites Christian principles. As a Christian, I highly value God’s great love for all people. As a parent, I highly value the founding principles of this great nation—that all men are created equal, and I teach those values of love, acceptance, justice and patriotism to my children.

—Tom Bertino, Omaha

Letter: New Job for Columnist?

 Cal Thomas is one of the most provocative thinkers on the religious right. His July 4 column (“High court is wrong to jettison time-honored moral principles”) came on the perfect day.

Thomas seems to believe that government law should be structured so that government authorities should enter the bedrooms of adult citizens. What better freedom is there than the right of the government to force morality down the throats of its citizenry?

Thomas’ moving references to “the Supreme Judge” and “thousands of years of law, history and theology” position him as a prime candidate for a new government post—Supreme Mullah (or judge of religious law). Mullah Thomas would have the authority to reject Supreme Court decisions if they do not fit his version of divine reality.

Certainly, the recent decision striking down sodomy laws shows the need for the United States to be more like Islamic fundamentalists and legislate morality.

—Adam M. Schenck, Harlan, Iowa

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