Letter writer lacks knowledge
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I am seldom moved these days to reply to what I read. But even at 91 when I see a target so in need of an arrow and so close, I cannot resist a shot.
Bruce Barrilla's "Three ways Manchin can't back Obama" (Aug. 15) is the target I draw bow against.
To allege that to be against coal is to betray the state is a statement so void of history and the consequences engendered by coal to the detriment of this state as to provoke wonder if Mr. Barilla has ever read anything but Alice in Wonderland. Coal has been a curse to West Virginia. It is now and will be. History attests that it has been a curse. Except to those aliens who never dug a shovelful but gambled on it and won.
Barillla's assertion that Obama doesn't secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity and for Manchin to endorse him would violate his oath of office is a demagogic judgment void of reason and commonsense. And is an assertion so ambiguous as to cause one to ask what is he talking about. To be a liberal Democrat and to work toward a liberal agenda is not to be treasonous and in violation of the Constitution. Except in the mind of a rabid ideologue.
Now we begin to see the real homophobe. Barilla believes that Obama's support of gay marriage is against Manchin's Catholic faith and the laws of nature and of nature's God. He presumes there is a God and that the God is male, heterosexual and homophobic. On what evidence?
Faith is an implausible hypothesis irrationally held. Catholic faith is just that. Gays are as much a part of nature as heterosexuals. Nature made both. No one chooses sexual orientation. Nature does.
Barilla's belief that nature is a creation of God is faith-based and a tenuous belief at best. To advocate on such a tenuous principle subjects the advocate to a question of his knowledge and judgment.