Cumberland Times-News


January 28, 2013

Address this problem with common sense, not religion

Chuck Bean said that I was, “educated by people who repeat what the last person said” (“Historical facts speak to our founding based on religion,” Jan. 24 Times-News

He is referring to Founding Fathers I quoted in my letter concerning religion and its place in American history along with the current trend in gun violence (“History says America wasn’t founded on religion and the Bible,” Jan. 20 Times-News).

If you read my letter, Mr. Bean, you will notice I don’t deny the historical facts that you have mentioned. You mention the founding of Thanksgiving as a religious holiday in the name of Jesus Christ and an embargo on the import of bibles as talking points for America’s founding solely on religion. More American history shows religious influence. For example Duke University in Durham, N.C., was founded by Quakers and Methodists.

My letter simply pointed out the involvement of some of our founding fathers in science, sociology and academic pursuit. It also points out that several founding fathers spoke out against the idea of organized religion.

The fact that the U.S. Congress historically founded a holiday based on religion and was upset by an embargo of Bible imports by Britain is unrelated to words spoken by Founding Fathers and the idea that religion is a cure all for gun violence.

When looking at violence, a topic point of my original letter and the letter it was in was in reply too, we can look at Christianity.

Christianity, at various points in history, has a bad habit of recruiting converts at the tip of a sword or the barrel of a gun. The Crusades and the treatment of Native Americans along with other historical references point to this.

I was merely suggesting that scientific, sociological and medical study, along with commonsense regulation, is a better approach to solving a gun violence trend, than shoving one religion down everyone’s throat.

I was also noting that several of our Founding Fathers dedicated themselves to the applications referenced above, rather than the pursuit of religion.

Some even spoke out against the idea of churches, calling them “human inventions set up to terrify mankind.” Interestingly enough, American religious commentator Glen Beck likes to dress up as Thomas Payne (who originally said those words) while preaching the integration of American policy with Christianity.

Jeremy Gosnell


Text Only
  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014