Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, November 13, 2017

The Killing Fields (1984) Directed by Roland Joffe. Shown from left: Haing S. Ngor, Sam Waterston
The Killing Fields (1984) Directed by Roland Joffe. Shown from left: Haing S. Ngor, Sam Waterston Warner Bros.


We are becoming the Disunited States of America. We are divided by race, color, creed, ethnicity and gender. Historically, many have been oppressed.

▪  Native Americans, who had no concept of property ownership, had their land stolen from them and were confined to reservations.

▪  Blacks were enslaved.

▪  Women were denied the right to vote until 1920.

▪  Conversely, privileged white men enacted laws which benefited them.

We cannot change history but we can learn from it. Unfortunately, many Americans are still discriminated against. The concept of equality for all can and must become a realirt. Only then will we be truly united.

Robert L. Lehane,

Fort Valley

Not fit for humans?

Just because I’ve been accused of committing a crime does not give the kitchen staff at the Bibb County Jail the right to serve unidentifiable food. We are being served food that clearly states on the wrapper, “Not To Be Consumed By Humans.” If it’s not for humans, why is it being served to inmates on a regular basis?

Dexter Glover,


Fanciful indeed

“When we quote scripture, we’re quoting stories…(Greek converts) are remembering bits and pieces of stories they had heard… This one adds, and this one changes...” Such is Bill Cummings’ touted view (11/5/), a theory promoted as fact. His position raises remarkable points.

Consider John the Baptist. As the average Bible student knows — John is an integral part of the biblical testimony of who exactly Jesus is. The record of John is in accord with what Cummings rightly calls, “official Christianity” (John 1:29). What’s the point? Well, for sake of consistency within Cummings’ theory, more than just the biblical witness of Christ is merely a human product of oral lore. Intentional or not, early Christians who fabricated this Jesus also manufactured John the Baptist. The implications don’t stop. Peter’s testimony in Acts 2 is now a cock-and-bull story.

Travis Middleton has a valid point using the term “fanciful scribblings.” David Burkovich (11/7) discerns well, as do writers Meg Mehserle and W. Wade Stooksberry II among others. Burkovich explains how Cummings implies childish immaturity of believers today. I’ll add to that the stunted growth of Christendom’s past two millennia — if only the church was so learned and open minded as Cummings and the men he follows.

Instead, these antiquated biblical tales conspire against her progress. Never mind the numerous gray-headed Christian theologians studying the Bible for decades — Cummings’ studies come from a superior position.

Our columnist gives lip service to healthy hermeneutics (examine entire context, then author, etc.), then turns around and states “Is all this historical? I don’t know and I don’t care.” This conflicted position is also seen with his cringing over “misquoted scripture” on one hand while celebrating his view imposing no limit on how scripture may shape one’s “faith imagination” on the other.

When you uncover all the skillfully worded columns, what is Cummings left with? One answer is his fabricated god who will never execute justice toward Devin Kelley (Cummings’ column, 1/15). Per his own suppositions, this god would offer no comfort to the residents of Sutherland Springs (Letters to the Editor, 6/2). Our columnist loathes the sovereign God of the Bible who perfectly balances justice and mercy, preferring instead a wicked and distant god such as this. Is it any wonder he doesn’t pray to this god?

Will Daniels,


Really simple

“How do you quote scripture?” written by Bill Cummings and published Nov. 4 compares those quoting scriptures, without a multitude of Bibliology degrees, to children haphazardly splashing paint on a canvas.

This from a man who said the apostles imagined Jesus agonizing over his crucifixion at Gethsemane when they were there; that it’s absurd for Christians to be certain about anything and that he has lost his faith.

He praised and defended a Christian church for authorizing same-sex marriages; highly recommended the Rotarians, an organization that welcomes everyone and anyone from homosexuals to those believing Jesus is a fraud, and gave a rip-roaring endorsement for the Centenary Church founded by two pastors from Arizona.

The Holy Bible is a historical account of mankind’s interactions with God and his son, Jesus. The Bible contains no encrypted messages requiring decoding by a Bibliologist. Simplistic instructions and laws easily understood by peasants and the few intellectuals back then baffle and confuse us today because we’re not back then. So throw the whole shebang (paint, bucket and brush) on the canvas; then avoid the seven deadly sins, obey the 10 Commandments, find Jesus and look out for each other the best we can. Then if something in the Bible has you scratching your head talk to your pastor. Peace and the love of God be with you.

Travis L. Middleton,

Peach County

The best hope?

“The Killing Fields” gets its name from the 1984 British film produced in reference to Cambodia where more than a million citizens were murdered between 1975-79. I was close by during those ruthless hours of annihilation and wondered why the world stood still. Now I am on home turf and wonder what Americans are really thinking to witness the bedlam in Chicago, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs — and a growing dilemma in Macon.


One has speculated that we need to “find out where we are.” Sounds logical until you quickly surmise that we are part of a (supposedly) God fearing, law abiding republic that’s been tussling with this problem for more than 200 years. If we don’t know where we are at this writing, the chances of us finding ourselves is highly remote. Two things are certain —one is, the problem started years ago and it’s not likely to get better. Second, unless there are drastic measures, the best to hope for is that we can salvage all the pieces, expired or badly mutilated.

Daniel W. Gatlyn USN (ret.)