In response to vandalism at Jewish Community Center
As leaders of faith communities in the town of Blacksburg, we decry the recent defacing of a sign for the Blacksburg Jewish Community Center [“Sign defaced at Jewish Center,” Roanoke Times, March 8]. We stand in solidarity with our neighbors in the BJCC, as well as any people for whom this act of vandalism stirred fear or caused harm. We pray for those whose malice or ignorance led them to desecrate the building where God’s people gather for worship, prayer and study. We grieve how we allow our differences to become reasons for acts of hatred and division. We call upon the people of our community to respect those of different faiths and no faith, so that honoring the inherent sacred worth of our shared humanity might bring healing in our fractured world.
Blacksburg Friends Meeting
Rev. Kathy Carpenter, Presbyterian Campus Minister, UKirk Ministry at VA Tech
Rev. Dr. Linda Dickerson, Pastor, Northside Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg
Rev. Brad Dulaney, Lead Pastor, Blacksburg United Methodist Church
Pastor Andrew B. Fairfield, Pastor, Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship
Rev. Bret Gresham, Campus Minister, Wesley Foundation
Rev. Mandy Newman, edges community pastor, Blacksburg United Methodist Church
Rev. Pam Philips, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg
Joe Racek, Elder, Mosaic Church
Rev. Michelle Stramiello, Pastor, St. Michael Lutheran Church
Rev Monica Weber, Pastor, Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
Rev. Scott A. West, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church
Rev. Sarah Wiles, Pastor, Blacksburg Presbyterian Church
An open letter to Mr. Ben Cline
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp., recently admitted that he, Fox News and the Fox News “personalities” knew that Trump had lost the 2020 presidential election.
Yet, Murdoch admitted that he and all Fox News personalities/reporters (Gretchen Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, etc., including the fired Lou Dobbs), helped and continued to back and push Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was “stolen.” Fox’s fraudulent belief in and dissemination of the Big Lie, enraged scores of Fox viewers and others, which ultimately led to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
And, you, Benjamin Lee Cline, the Republican U.S. representative for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District and member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, supported this Trump/Fox News fraud and were complicit in pushing that same Big Lie to your 6th District’s constituents and the country. Fox knowingly deceived their viewers with Big Lie propaganda and, you, sir, knowingly deceived your 6th District constituents with the same Big Lie propaganda.
Sadly, America’s adversaries these days are Americans — like Murdoch, Fox News, authoritarian politicians, attorneys and judges, and you, who continue to incite the followers of the Fox fraud and the Big Lie. Oh, the damage you and your ilk have brought upon this nation. A nation that has given you so much.
So, sir, are you ready to admit now, like Murdoch, that you supported this fraud perpetrated on the country, that the 2020 election was free and fair and that Joe Biden is the president of the United States? Or do you choose to declare that you’ll support your far-right Freedom Caucus agenda and a Trump 2024 presidential nomination? Finally, your constituents also want to know if you chose to support Trump’s call to terminate the Constitution?
Time to give it up. Time to admit that Joe Biden is the president of the United States. Your country and your 6th Congressional District constituents are waiting.
Stephen M. Hatchett,
Sanders fans could use some perspective
The Roanoke Times did its usual wholehearted cheer for the Left with the March 5 article “Standing room only for Sen. Sanders at UVa.” Here is a man who has never held a nongovernment job in his life. He is a total negativist. He’s proof of how you can make a livelihood out of cynical shtick and garner the cheers of the callow under-30 crowd who have had things easy all their life.
The Senator-for-Life gave the crowd statistics. Well, we might benefit from some counter-stats: Cruise the aisles at Kroger. View all the overpriced boutique foods that are there because some folks are buying them. Then reflect on the cable TV and Netflix you don’t need, the Bluetooth gimmicks and download music, the $30 virgin-vinyl music LPs, the overpriced catalogs that bombard your mailbox, the expensive prom dress and limo. Nordstrom luxury stores are doing OK in the U.S.; however, they’ve had to close all their Canadian stores, because the Canadians are responsible with their money. Perhaps YOU are among “the rich.”
For all those in Sanders’ audience who blame “the rich,” I ask: How many among the audience give to a charity that helps the shafted of the world? Don’t hear much about that. Stop buying $900 5G phones and step up!
Robert A. Young,