Round Rock real loser when mosque kept from parade
Re: July 13 article, “Mosque barred from parade.”
Round Rock parade watchers missed an opportunity to learn that their Muslim neighbors are peace-loving Americans who wanted to celebrate our country’s independence just like everyone else. I think it is time for those who decide who is allowed to march in the parade to become more knowledgeable about Islam.
Making decisions based on fear and prejudice should not be tolerated. We were celebrating America and American values and this group of Americans wanted to celebrate, too. What does that say about our religious tolerance? I think this outrageous decision should start a serious and open discussion in Round Rock among the city’s leaders, religious leaders, and perhaps teachers to begin the process of better understanding and increased tolerance . Meet, talk, make friends; it’s not that hard. What better way to show that we as Americans live by the values we say we believe in?
Perry's true agenda
Let’s just pretend for a second that you are governor of a large, influential southwestern state. And let’s pretend for a second that you really, really want to run for president, but your last foray was a fiasco. And let’s pretend for a second that in order to run a successful Republican campaign, you deem it necessary to enlist the hard-core right as supporters of your candidacy.
What better way to raise your visibility than calling a special legislative session to wage a war against women’s rights? What better way to reinforce your conservative credentials by campaigning against abortion rights? Do not, for a second, believe that the special “anti-abortion session” called by the governor was anything more than a political ploy designed to kick off his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Gov. Rick Perry’s true concern lies not with the welfare of the babies and women of Texas, but with advancing his own agenda.
David S. Wishnew
How will children fare?
Now that Gov. Rick Perry and members of the Texas Legislature who voted in favor of the recent anti-abortion bill have made abortion more difficult for Texas women, what will they do for the children resulting from unwanted pregnancies? Does their interest in “pro-life” matters end at birth? Do they care whether or not these children grow up in nurturing homes with adequate resources including health care and a decent education? Will they seek to level the playing field such that each child has an equal opportunity to succeed in life? Will you endeavor to create a society free from bigotry and prejudice, which values children equally regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or sexual identity? Your actions will speak more truthfully than your political rhetoric!
Re: July 14 commentary, “Forced sterilization still happening, still repugnant.”
Leonard Pitts wrote a courageous commentary in bringing California sterilization to the forefront of our political discussion on reproductive rights. As I complete “The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger,” I am at a loss for words and response. Was the omission of Sanger’s “A Plan For Peace” an oversight? The founder of Planned Parenthood specifically addresses the feeble-minded, idiots, and morons Pitts enumerates. I am concerned about her plans for corralling them. Perhaps the recent recipients of the awards in her honor (Hillary Clinton, 2009) can enlighten us?
Abbott's typical day
To paraphrase Attorney General Greg Abbott’s statement: On a typical workday, I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and I go home. What he is saying is: I go to the office every day and sue the American people, and then I go home. Isn’t that great?
Gail B. Armstrong