Since there is a drive to ensure the proper values are being reflected by our elected officials and requests are being made to our elected officials and to the public at large in support a referendum to ban nudity in Peoria County, I thought you might like my opinion on community values, most of which I have already expressed in past “Letters to the Editors”. Let me review. In a document published in the JS in 1999, I wrote “have all teachers (everyone who teaches or mentors in any capacity) incorporate the teaching of values, such as responsibility, work ethics, integrity, decency, civility, loyalty and tolerance”. Prior to that I wrote a letter published by the JS and CW I wrote “accountability and responsibility have become just words that once had a meaning in another less enlightened era, and are now replaced by “not my problem” and greed.
I agree we could all use some “shaping” up in letting our belief in these values guide us, of course, you more than me!!
The Boy Scout creed of trustworthy, helpful, obedient (be careful here, I seem to recall “obedient” used by the leader of at least one European country we helped conquer, our definition of “obedience” proved superior )cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, all seem to be characteristic traits of people who have character and values.
Taking all these values into account would seem to make one a good Christian. Since I practice to the best of my ability, all of the above, I still don’t believe the hardcore leaders of the fundamentalist right believe that I and some of you fit the description of being good people practicing good values. I don’t think some of us will be able to escape the wrath of the “moral policepepole” now on the warpath right here in sinful rivercity. I think they are saying “believe as we do or suffer the consequences”.
Since one of their leaders moved here just three years ago and quickly discovered how sinful we were, I am going to declare my rights or “seniority” because I was here first. I’m old enough to be responsible for my own sins and I’m going to try not to point out other peoples sins, they are so obvious they should recognize them themselves!!
At any rate, I’m not moving!!
I’d like to keep nudity out of politics. We have enough distractions already. I know the Democrats want equal opportunity, tolerance and compassion. The Republicans want stronger families; they want to raise standards of public decency, religion, faith and personal responsibility. And then there are a bunch of independent thinkers like me, we just want common sense.
So why doesn’t everybody work these miracles on themselves and their own families and pretty soon no one will watch MTV, visit nude bars, watch sitcoms, porn movies, and watch other nude or near nudity activities in public or private view. If Hollywood won’t cooperate, just don’t watch the flicks. Stay away from the mall in the summertime and the beaches. In fact, to get the point across, why not move to Iraq and release Saddam. At least he was able to control public nudity. In fact writing all this has fully convinced me that all our problems here in “sin city” are the results of someone being nude behind closed doors being looked at by people who are not forced to look.
Wow, with such easy solutions bring me a petition, but please reword it based on this blog before I’ll sign it!!
Seriously, I agree that without faith, our world would be one of chaos. On the other hand I believe that those trying by force to make you see things only from their view, are people very unsure of their own faith.