The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 4, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-4 | Lack of respect for life is proliferating

— The senseless shootings, proliferation of legal abortions and the contraceptive mentality so prevalent in our homes are related in a way.

What is the connection to violence and the peace and tranquility of our homes? There is a lack of respect for life, and it is spreading.

When we use contraceptives, we make children the enemy and leave the impression that they are unwanted. When we abort, we kill. The terrible violence in the womb has caught up to the street and the schools and the hardness of our hearts – and the devil is having its day.

The mentality that allows us to do this and that we use to justify their death is “choice” and “reproductive freedom” enshrined in our laws, making it perfectly legal and acceptable to too many.

Abortion and contraception are fruits of the same tree, and if we are going to get to the root of this evil we must look at abortion and the contraceptive mentality as things that are causing an increase in general levels of immorality, fatherless families and other variables that lead to violence.

I’m not saying that if abortion is illegal we won’t have murder, but there is a link between the terrible, unspeakable violence in the womb and the violence in our streets and schools.

We must learn why the sin of contraception and abortion is destroying our soul and our families and helping to precipitate such evil acts that are becoming even more ubiquitous.

Karl Komara



Bad choices made by U.S. government

Our government seems to back the wrong sides in many uprisings around the world. The Shah of Iran was a despotic ruler, but at least Americans were safe there when he was in control and Christians were tolerated.

What has happened since the ayatollahs have taken over has been tragic for the entire world. Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt were much better than the Islamic Brotherhood causing chaos in both countries.

Syria is in turmoil because the world, except for Russia, is calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and turn over the country to radical revolutionaries.

There are thousands of Christians in Syria who will be persecuted beyond our imagination if Assad loses control. The Antiochian Orthodox will suffer greatly if we do not change our philosophy in the Middle East.

All the radical groups will not be satisfied until they get Islamic law as taught by the ayatollahs to be the law for the entire region. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan and Kuwait should be prepared because one of them is next.

Why do we worry when some sects are persecuted, but we stand by when Christians are attacked? Have we forgotten how the Serbian Orthodox were fighting the Muslims? Did we help them? No. We persecuted the Christians.

When the radicals control the Middle East and gas is $5 a gallon, the next crusades will begin – if it is not too late.

Rev. Tony Joseph 

Richland Township

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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