The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 9, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — America falls when God is eliminated

I agree with the editorial on Aug. 30 by Thomas Sabo, “Erosion of traditional values deciding fate of America.” Another way to state it could be “Eliminating and/or compromising God from America.”

I’m somewhat skeptical at the true purpose of the Keith Rothfus survey that was dissected in Sabo’s editorial. Rothfus, along with other conservative candidates were put in office all across the nation to stand for sound principles and uphold the Constitution. In other words, they’re to do right, something that liberal politicians don’t seem to understand.

Surveys, polls, people of influence, etc., should have no sway on any politician’s actions if they want to do what’s right. If Rothfus needs a survey to guide him along I’m afraid we put the wrong conservative person in that position.

If I personally could make politicians understand one thing, it would be that they should attempt to please God first with all their decisions. The problem is this is never going to happen with enough politicians. That’s why we’re never going to have success in America through the political realm.

Erosion of traditional values and/or eliminating God from society has already started to and will ultimately decide the fate of America.

“The way of the Lord is strength to the upright, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.” Proverbs 10:29.

Bernie Bolha

Upper Yoder Township

Confirmed expected to defend faith

In life there are mysteries that defy explanation. One such mystery to many serious Catholics is this: How can a Catholic still remain a Democrat? Surely they know abortion and same-sex marriage are against our church’s teaching. And now Obamacare is trying to ram down  Catholic throats to pay for abortions, abortifacients and sterilizations.

Perhaps Raymond Seymour had the answer when he wrote to the Readers’ Forum on Aug. 14, 2012, (“Christians’ support of Dem Party questioned”), that many a baby is baptized into the Democratic party rather than the Catholic church. Or is the answer in Christ’s words, “Many are called, few are chosen.” Or to paraphrase this, “many are baptized, few are converted.”

In the old Baltimore catechism there was a statement that said that in the sacrament of confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit and become soldiers of Jesus Christ. I don’t remember any guns being issued that day, but I suspect that just as a soldier defends his country, we, the baptized and confirmed are expected to defend our faith. But it seems that in the 50 percent of us who voted for our present pagan administration, the seed planted by the Holy Spirit was never watered nor weeded.

So these Holy seeds did not grow and these soldiers even went on to collaborate with the enemy, the devil, by their voting.

If the church was run like the military, there would be a number of officers who would lose their rank and a great multitude of soldiers would be issued a dishonorable discharge.

Richard A. Ruth


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