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Letters for April 18

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Opinion,Letters to the Editor

Obama still hasn't caught Benghazi assassins

Re: "Lethal bombs strike Boston," April 16

In his remarks following the bomb explosions, mayhem and deaths in Boston on Patriots' Day, President Obama said, "We will find out who did this and hold them accountable."

After the attack that caused the death of four Americans in Benghazi last October, the president said, "We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."

Let's hope that he really, really means it this time.

Bob Foys

Chicago

Abortion clinic rules will increase welfare cases

Re: "Battle over abortion heats up in Virginia," April 12

Virginia's controversial new abortion clinic restrictions, which will go into effect this summer, are aimed at regulating the architectural framework of abortion clinics in addition to existing regulations regarding parental notification, state-sponsored counseling and waiting period, and limitations on public funding.

Among the likely consequences of this rule is the fate of the state's 20 abortion clinics, some of which would likely be forced to close their doors if they're unable to adhere to the costly, complicated new rules.

This would most likely result in more teenage single parents, and would in turn lead to a hike in the state's budget for welfare support due to the fact that stranded young women who are denied an abortion would have to depend on the government for material and financial support.

Chidimma N. Obieme

New Carrollton

Watered-down religion is nation's biggest threat

I believe Charles Finney, the famed 19th century revivalist and major contributor to America's Second Great Awakening, was absolutely correct when he said:

"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."

Notice that Finney believed there was a direct correlation between the kind of legislation passed in Congress and the kind of preaching taking place in the pulpits of America's churches. He also believed, and I agree, that the churches are ultimately responsible for corruption in government.

America's biggest threat does not come from domestic abortionists, gay rights activists, pornographers or drug dealers. Neither does it come from North Korea, Iran, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. It comes from our nation's pulpits.

Matt Hobar

Petersburg, Va.

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