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Opinion Letters

Your faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ counts more than what some people can imagine. The Bible verse Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 4:13-15 - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”

“For by faith ye stand.” II Corinthians 1:24.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (aka Macon Humane Society) would like to thank all of those who were kind enough to attend our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Fatz Restaurant right here in Franklin on June 20.

The AARC is funded solely through donations so our fundraisers are extremely important. Most who came paid more than the required $7 per ticket and left tips on the table as well. And all the men seemed pleased to get a surprise Father’s Day gift of a small tool.

People like you are the heart and soul of our organization. We cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your busy day to help us fulfill our mission. Also, a big thanks to Fatz for once again allowing us to use their restaurant and cook.

Fur-ever yours,

The AARC Board of Directors

I always enjoy reading Mr. Hasara’s essays. They never fail to make me think. His essay entitled “Absurdity of symbolic threats” is no exception, but in this case I think his argument overlooks some important points.

First, some background. A symbol becomes a symbol because of its assumed values. A symbol is a visual image that figuratively stands for an idea or a group of ideas. Normally, the evolution of an image into a symbol takes some time. Seldom are they recognized instantly as symbolic. How long did it take a swastika to be acknowledged as a symbol of the Nazi party? How long did it take a cross to be acknowledged as a symbol of Christianity? And so on.

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Although the term radicalization has entered our public discourse of late and some psychologists are using the term to describe someone who goes off to join terrorists groups, I would have to challenge the idea behind it.

I really don’t believe someone becomes radicalized.

What I believe we are looking at is someone who is bored with their unfulfilled lives and need an adrenalin fix, something exciting to do. In the case of people who join ISIS, radical religion provides them with a reason to escape from reality and a boring existence.

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