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Voices of hate fill the air these days, and their messages are carried in our newspapers, magazines and the Internet. Here are a few thoughts I have on the subject.

There is “simple” hate – my term for that which is born out of ignorance and a narrow, uninformed viewpoint. This hate is open and blatant, not subtle, sophisticated or devious.

It is not reflective, has no humor and cannot discern its own inconsistencies. It is seen in Westboro Baptist Church members who practice their peculiar brand of Christianity by demonstrating at funeral services of American soldiers, where they wave signs declaring that God hates America and is pleased by the deaths of these young men and women.

As hurtful and uncharitable as their behavior is, it is extremely simplistic. They are acting on their belief that God desires to punish this nation because of our tolerance of homosexuality, in their minds an “intolerable sin.” We are horrified and revolted, yet we recognize their simple agenda.

Other groups invite us to hate those who are different from ourselves – especially those who may be successful, or may have acquired wealth, but are to be hated for the fact that they do not share the political viewpoint of their detractors, who are equally blessed with worldly riches but think “correctly.”

Sometimes the haters are quite candid in their contempt, as we remember the Obama family’s minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, calling upon God to “damn America.” Similarly, the friend and mentor of candidate Obama, William Ayers, expressed and continues to express his regret that he did not set off explosive devices in more federal buildings and offices to show his disdain for his country. Candidate Obama’s wife related to us how ashamed of America she had been for most of her adult life. Such sad commentaries.

Having an agenda and a goal, the haters seek support from the credulous by portraying themselves as altruistic benefactors of the downtrodden. This is a pose. The truth is revealed by their vicious personal attacks and the disinformation and falsehoods they employ, following the words of Machiavelli that “the end justifies the means.” The “end” is to be the transfer of greater power into the hands of the elite few who are the “fittest to govern” in their own eyes.

We have a representative republic, a form of government that is messy, inefficient and imperfect. It remains the best yet devised. Why would we change for something worse?

Sarah McKibben

North Augusta, S.C.

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Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 10/04/12 - 11:28 pm
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Great LTE...

.....very astute analysis of the concept of "hate".

I'll take it one step further in a political context.....

I've never met a conservative who will say they hate any "person" nor any "thing."

But I know many liberals who will tell you happily, gleefully, proudly,what THEY hate.....to the point they have "Occupy" movements to tell you ad nauseum what they 'hate'......

...school choice, ....lower taxes on EVERYONE,.....Ronald Reagan,....the military,....welfare reform,.....conservatives,......the second amendment,.......smaller government,...

...America...

Who are the "real" haters?....

myfather15
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myfather15 10/05/12 - 06:51 am
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Their hate is actually for

Their hate is actually for God and His way of doing things. I'm amazed when I see people run America down and talk about her past history of racism and oppression. Yet, denying that EVERY Country at some point, has had a history of oppression and some form of racism. Yet, America has worked tirelessly to change that, while many Countries do nothing and still oppress women and people of different ethnic groups.

Also, if the USA isn't the greatest Country on earth, why are people of different ethnicities still coming here in record numbers? Why aren't they all moving to Australia, Sweden or maybe even Iran?? The actual truth is, the USA is still the greatest Country on earth and we have done things God's way. He said he would bring us (Israel) to this land, and He did so. We established this Country on Judeo-Christians values and have done it His way for a long time. THAT is what they hate about Israel and the USA. People prove our way is better by immigrating to this Country in record numbers. "The proof is in the pudding".

Recently, a group of liberal America haters, tried to shout down Herman Cain, saying America isn't the greatest Country on earth. He brought up some excellent points and you should hear them. We are the greatest Country on earth. We allow ANYONE AND EVERYONE the chance to succeed, as proven by Obama himself. The Country as a whole doesn't look at a persons race or religion when deciding if they are worthy of leadership. Even after 9/11 WE THE PEOPLE, voted for a man who attended a muslim school and his name sounded a lot like Osama. If that doesn't prove we aren't shallow, I don't know what would.

But that will never satisfy Extreme leftists or Radical islamists. Not until they rule the earth and our God is removed from EVERYTHING!! They hate Christ and The Father and will never stop until they are stopped!! That shall happen!! I just hope many of them will see the Light and change their ways, before it's too late. The Word of God is true and factual. Everything is coming together just as It is Written!!!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/youll-want-to-see-the-video-of-herman-ca...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/05/12 - 08:21 am
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A prime example
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of hatred: A sixteen year old girl ( white) in Philadelphia is ridiculed by her geometry teacher (black) for wearing a Romney-Ryan t-shirt to "dress-down day" telling her it's the same as wearing a KKK shirt. The teacher tells Ms. Pawlucy to change shirts because this (Carroll High School) is a "democratic" school. The teacher has been transferred to another class but the young lady is still afraid of reprisal. Philadelphia inner schools are notoriously white, as you can imagine. This BLACK teacher will get off with little to nothing as punishment and the young Ms. Pawlucy will eventually have to transfer, I'm certain.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 10/05/12 - 09:00 am
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This LTE doesn't hold together

The letter writer tries to cover too many subjects in too little space (most LTEs don't exceed 300 words). She ends up with a collection of assertions that are neither proved nor logically linked.

She doesn't even mention good hatred. It is said of Jesus Christ, for instance, "Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity" (Hebrews 1:9). Some things should be hated, and sometimes it is impossible to love properly without hating properly.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/05/12 - 10:14 am
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Hatred is about as "good" to society
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as "lynching" is to a black man. Give me a break. Hatred is the essence of radical islam, the kkk, black power and those who would destroy someone else. Hatred has no place anywhere but unfortunately I feel it sometimes.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 10/05/12 - 11:27 am
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Sure didn't take long at all

for someone to assert that all America needs to do is turn toward evangelical theology, as if we were wasting our time in social studies and civics classes.

Mark Twain said it best: "it's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."

socks99
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socks99 10/05/12 - 03:00 pm
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"We have a representative

"We have a representative republic, a form of government that is messy, inefficient and imperfect. It remains the best yet devised. Why would we change for something worse?"

McKibben rightly highlights the current structure of the U.S. government and implicitly holds it up, warts and all.

Those urging real structural changes or simply ignoring the balance of powers in order to "do the right thing," are those playing with fire; no political interest group ought be allowed a leg-up, literally, on the Constitution, and Separation of Powers. Who knows which side will win the election? Far more important is the decidedly unappetizing support for a republic of orthodoxies with all guaranteed the right to exist and proselytize without the option of "taking over" and changing the basis and basics of a representative republic; let the ideas compete, and let the voters decide the best path;

faithson
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faithson 10/05/12 - 03:20 pm
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Forest through the trees

How this LTE can claim any credibility without addressing the visceral hate and bigotry of the OTHER side only leaves this letter as evidence of how skewed it really is.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/05/12 - 03:51 pm
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Because faithson....

Because faithson, the OTHER side has been addressed already 99% more than the letter writer's perspective. The letter writer is being truthful; the letter's content is the content that is NOT skewed.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/05/12 - 09:07 pm
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Sarah, you get it. Nicely,

Sarah, you get it. Nicely, done.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/05/12 - 09:08 pm
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faithson, I encourage you to

faithson, I encourage you to write the OTHER side using the same examples. I am sure it will be just as informative.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/06/12 - 01:00 am
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Hate?

The letter writer has nailed it. When you trim away the crap, and get down to the basics, “it's just a “pose””. Or is it a juxtapose? Placed side by side, for all to see, the two philosophies could not be more stark.

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