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In response to Benjamin Hardy's May 28 cover story about the lack of consequences for state Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) after he moved two adopted daughters out of his house and into the home of a man who turned out to be a rapist:

And as Harris still roams around freely participating in anything he chooses, we learned yesterday that he addressed a large group of teachers gathered for an end-of-year meeting. They were told there was no possible way that any kind of cost-of-living raise was forthcoming. Harris then took the mic and quipped "guess you are really mad we voted ourselves a 117 percent pay increase." Marie Antoinette couldn't have said it better.

SHELLY SMITH

Justin (and Marsha) Harris. The Duggars. Bart Hester. Mike Huckabee. Gothard. Joseph Hutchens. Rapert.

There are just way too many "coincidental" ties that lead back to the abuse of young children, mostly girls.

This bunch believes that changing a baby's diaper naturally arouses lust in a male. Or that seeing a young girl's bare legs causes desire. There seems to be a general consensus in this fundamentalist bunch that it is entirely natural for an adult male to be attracted to young children. And that males cannot control themselves. IT IS NOT NORMAL.

Why do they think it is normal?

The more that comes out, the more dots that can be connected, the more it seems that these right-wing ultra conservative religionists are a cult of pedophiles hiding in the folds of the robes of Jesus. All the while they are out there lusting after prepubescent children (again, something they seem to think is "normal") they are screaming loudly from every rooftop that gay people are the devil and have no place in a god-fearing society. And that men should rightfully control women and their bodies.

There is a group of conservative male Christians (concentrated, it seems, in Northwest Arkansas) that believes that it is natural and normal to be sexually attracted to children and that only the fear of a god of wrath keeps them from acting on their desires. They point to gay people as a societal scourge. Over there! Look over there! They do their damnedest to prevent women from having reproductive control. Even little girls who are raped by their brother.

It is not natural for adult males to find themselves sexually attracted to children. They are trying to tell us that it is, and that only the wrath of God can prevent acting upon such desires. They claim incest is deserving of the death penalty. Until it's one of theirs. But again — they think it is normal to be attracted to underage girls. And have pretty much said so. And they believe that they can bypass secular law, answering only to a God who always tells them just exactly what they want to hear.

They need called out on it.

They need to be labeled for what they are.

VANESSA

In response to David Koon's May 21 story about transgender Navy Reservist Rae Nelson:

I would just like to take a quick moment to express how proud I am of Nelson! It truly takes courage to be yourself, and be unapologetic about it! Keep being yourself, and just live! I hope you can pursue your Naval Nurse aspirations soon!

Now normally I wouldn't address or entertain the couple of haters that you have in the [online] comments but I feel the need as a friend and fellow Shipmate to address both of them, personally. To THOMAS POPE & "UJI88888": I'm pretty sure neither of you have served in the Navy with Nelson like many others and myself have. You know nothing about her other than the fact that she was born a male. You know nothing of her character, her devotion, and her utmost willingness to serve. Both of you clowns do realize that less than 0.5 percent of the total American population currently serves in the Armed Forces, right? Think about that, so for either of you to say anything so cowardly negative in the comments only makes you look like fools. She gladly does what the other 99.5 percent of Americans can't do.

Additionally, Thomas Pope, Nelson is NOT delusional, she's found herself and is comfortable. That would not affect how she served in the military. The Navy would be lucky to have a hardworking, caring, driven nurse such as Nelson. Furthermore, "UJI88888," please don't bring religion into your own twisted bigoted views. You are not the official spokesperson for all Christians. I can guarantee not all of them feel the same way that you do. I can also guarantee that plenty of "FAGS," as you so eloquently put it, could save your ass if you were in trouble better than you could yourself. Think about that if you're ever in a fiery car crash and someone on your rescue team is wearing a rainbow LGBT bracelet.

Proud of you, Nelson! Your body may be changing, but we will always be brothers or "siblings" in arms. Excuse my rant, but I just needed to call out the back-woods bigotry and plain ignorance of a couple of people.

JACOB TATE

In response to Ernest Dumas' column in the May 28 issue about "freedom of conscience" laws:

The issue is not about weddings ... . For example, take that legendary wedding cake baker who refuses to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Would he also refuse to sell a box of cookies so that the couple can celebrate their wedding anniversary? Or what about cupcakes for the adoption of their child? What if the baker not only does not believe in same-sex marriage but opposes inter-religious marriage? Or biracial marriage? Or remarriage? By opening a business that serves the public, you voluntarily take on the obligation to serve the whole public. When you open your doors to accommodate the public, you open them to the whole public. If you don't believe that, just ask Woolworth's ca. 1960.

PRESREVROB

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