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Lowry missed mark

November 29, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

In his Nov. 23 column, Rich Lowry descried the absence of religious exhortations in the Thanksgiving speeches of our current president, negatively comparing Obama's gentle, if inelegant, admonishment to "pay forward" the gifts we have received alongside Lincoln's one-time harangue to "fervently implore the interposition of the almighty hand" to avert His "anger for our sins" and "perverseness" in the midst of the Civil War.

To Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, President Obama's bloodless endorsement of basic human decency, as opposed to abject terror under the threat of an unseen, wrathful god, is symptomatic of a "dumbing down" of our society's values.

I feel compelled to disagree with this position, and to humbly suggest that wailing in fear before a terrifying and inscrutable Bronze Age deity may not represent the most sophisticated method of dealing with our society's complex economic difficulties.

Whereas, the thoroughly inoffensive action of sharing which, incidentally, comes highly recommended from the later chapters of the same Bible that Lowry refers us to, has proven and replicable results.

Scott Ham




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