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February 11, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 11, 2013

Offended by ‘Godless’ remark

In response to letter writer William P. Thiel:

After reading your letter in today’s newspaper, I was outraged before the end of the second paragraph. I am, Mr. Thiel, a very liberal-minded person. In fact, some of the things I believe in would probably curl your hair, but let’s get this straight: I am neither brainwashed nor Godless. Let me address the two issues of which you wrote in your letter.

First of all concerning gun control: I am against it for the same reason other people are and that is taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens is not going to stop criminals from obtaining them. I see no reason for one to own semi- or fully automatic weapons, but it is certainly not up to me to judge those who do own them.

On the issue of abortion: just over 30 years ago I found myself to be in the position of being a single, pregnant woman. I had three options: abortion, carrying my child then giving her up for adoption, or keep her. Some people were of the opinion that I should abort my child, but the very idea, let alone the act, was abominable to me. I chose the last option. My daughter is a bright, beautiful, kind and moral woman who has blessed me with two precious grandsons.

So, you see, Mr. Thiel, you shouldn’t go around categorizing people and painting us all with the same brush. I am not brainwashed. I consider myself to be an intelligent, rather well-informed person. I try very hard to make my decisions based on facts, but, alas, I, like you, am human and sometimes my decisions are based on my opinion, also.

What I am most offended about regarding your letter, Mr. Thiel, is being called “Godless.” How dare you? I believe in and pray to God. I’m assuming the very same God you believe in.

Let me tell you the very basic difference between the two of us: I am very much a “live-and-let-live” kind of person. Truly, with all my heart, I believe that every single person has the right to his or her own opinions. And I consider myself above name-calling because another person’s opinion differs from mine. I do my very best to never judge other people. That is best left to judges, juries and God. No, Mr. Thiel, I am not like you. Thank God.

— Pamela Curts

Terre Haute

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