Letter to the Editor

Response to cartoon

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE -- The following is a response to Paul Fell's political cartoon, "Nebraskans Agains Abortion":

The cartoon in question.

Mr. Fell,

While freedom of speech remains in this country, I would like to publicly respond to your cartoon "Nebraskans Against Abortion." As your cartoon indicates, you believe that Nebraskans who are "against abortion" (i.e., Nebraskans who are "pro-life") are sanctimonious because most also support the death penalty.

In your mind, we piously say that we are for life while at the same time we viciously support death. So to you, we are hypocrites. Yet in publicly judging us, have you not publicly judged yourself?

As your cartoon indicates, you are anti-death penalty while at the same time being "pro-abortion" (i.e., "pro-death" for children in the womb). If we should spare the lives of convicted murders, should we not also spare the lives of innocent babies?

In an attempt to criticize and ridicule us, you've criticized and ridiculed yourself. It is my hope that this brief response would cause you to think before you draw and those who saw your drawing to think before they side.

Sincerely yours,

Nathan J. Goshert,

Pastor of the River Valley Evangelical Free Church, Arapahoe

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  • EXACTLY! Taking the life of a convicted killer for the sake of public safety is not the same thing as taking the life of an unborn baby for the sake of convenience. How in the world could anybody compare the two.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 11:36 AM
  • I understand the anger, but when a certain group takes such a rigid stance for the sanctity of life, there is some inherent hypocrisy if that group wishes to pick and chose the lives that are saved.

    -- Posted by billyjb on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 11:46 AM
  • Save the innocent and punish the guilty. What's so hypocritical about that?

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 12:45 PM
  • Punishing the guilty with death (regardless of the crime), puts a lesser value on a person's life.

    If you're against abortion and for the death penalty that's fine, but keep in mind that the "sanctity of life" argument becomes invalid when you value one person's life over another.

    -- Posted by billyjb on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 2:22 PM
  • I dont think I am arguing the sanctity of life issue at all. There are people that have done nothing but harm or kill other people, they are a waste of space. The punishment in a court of law is death...lets get it done. There are people that have not been born yet, so they have done no wrong to anyone...I think they should be given the opportunity to live. One is punishment for a crime, the other is not wanting to kill someone because they have done nothing to deserve it.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 4:31 PM
  • "Judge not lest you be judged!!" Why do we as mere mortals believe we have the right to judge anyone that chooses to end a life, regardless of circumstances. Until you have a circumstance in your life, or a loved ones life, to base your beliefs on, please hold your tongue. I am guessing you might not hold to the beliefs you today put forth, when you are faced with the "life or death" question.

    This cartoon is merely pointing out the flaw in logic "some" people have. Believe what you want but understand YOU MAY NOT BE RIGHT, there are other beliefs! Too often the loudest people are heard and they tend to be from the "holier than thou" crowd, that seems to think they are RIGHT and everyone that doesn't believe the way they do is WRONG!! Too bad they can't at least see two sides of an issue, let alone the hundreds of sides of most issues.

    -- Posted by myopinion1 on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 11:11 AM
  • That is correct myopinion1, I may not be right. I am merely pointing out that the legalization and acceptance of abortion may lead to people killing the unborn out of convenience. A remedy for irresponsible behavior. Again, I may not be right. I also believe that there are situations that would justify aborting a pregnancy, I could be wrong about that too.

    But I asure you that I have on many occasions been faced with the life or death question. I have had lot of circumstances arise in my lifetime. Having said that, I will concede that I may be wrong and that I do not have the solution. But I will not hold my tongue.

    -- Posted by seentoomuch on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 12:06 PM
  • I'm confused as to whom myopinion is yelling at. Mostly because s/he attempted to throw three different arguments together to form a coherent thought. Not exactly the best representative for the glorious and impossible Church of Neutrality.

    One of the issues I have with abortion is that it seems to encourage a growing mindset within society - "pleasure without consequences." "Oh, you ate too much fast food without exercise and now you're fat? Take these diet pills or get liposuction!" "Aw, arguing with your spouse? Just get a divorce! You can find someone better!" "Oops, had sex before you were ready for a child? Just rip it out! It's not even technically a human!" I know people can't force people to eat properly, work out differences, and not have sex, but dealing with the problem by removing the consequences will only make people more complacent, and continue down a slippery slope of immorality, until things that people still find reprehensible are commonplace and "alright." (Thankfully, there are still secular shows like The Biggest Loser that encourage people to change their lives for the better.)

    Of course, I say this while still being neutral on the whole death penalty thing. I have my doubts that letting people just sit in jail until they die for killing people is just punishment, especially if jail isn't all that uncomfortable. That said, I would first want to make sure their spiritual life is in order before deciding whether or not to take their physical life. That's why I commend those whose ministries are to lead convicted felons to Jesus Christ.

    -- Posted by bjo on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 12:24 PM
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    "Why do we as mere mortals believe we have the right to judge anyone that chooses to end a life, regardless of circumstances."

    I'm glad it is just your opinion, myopinion1 for all your talk of logic it appears you argue that there should be no punishment for any crime in which someone dies.

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 4:21 PM
  • Then again, Christians use religious reasonings for being pro-life but isn't God who should judge not us? Did he ever give us the right to decide who lives and who dies? Don't jump down my throat, I am strongly pro-life, and on the fence for the death penalty.

    -- Posted by CardinalSweetie on Fri, May 1, 2009, at 10:12 AM
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