On August 22, a character attack on Syracuse City candidate for mayor, Terry Palmer was hurled by the writer of the letter, "Syracuse candidate opposes science, equality." I fear the writer took the liberty to imply the residents of Syracuse are detached, ignorant or at the least, uninformed. How could we consider supporting such a person like Mr. Palmer?
I found the writer's attack to be McCarthyism like. "Traitor" was the cry of the past. Nowadays we are labeled quickly. If we get labeled, run for cover! When did it become acceptable to make such hateful attacks, defaming one's character? Isn't it sad that such smears are so accepted, and in some social circles applauded!
How is it there are these self-anointed social purists? I have long been puzzled about how there are those who are so quick to besmear rather than speak to their own merits.
Heaven forbid let anyone have a difference of opinion. Or worse, an opinion grounded in faith, then the gates of hell are unleashed and the secular barrage begins. What did Mr. Palmer say that warranted such malice? He spoke of 45 million abortions; Darwinism versus creationism in school; marriage between man/women. He spoke to a social climate that 40 years ago embraced stronger God-like values.
There is nothing in Mr. Palmer's words that express hatred, or devaluation towards women; there was nothing advocating intolerance, disrespectful, inequality. Having an opinion against something does not make one a hater.
I respect the letter writer's right to his values. He should respect ours. Gods laws are undeviating; though socially accepted norms have shifted, it does not mean one should have to set aside beliefs for the sake of conformity. I once read that "in a society where everything goes, everything will."
I know Mr. Palmer; he is a man of honor and integrity! There is no malicious declaration of hatred toward anyone. Not black nor white, gay nor straight, male nor female.
His declaration emphatically calls for God in our lives. If that is wrong, I am wrong with him.
The only person involved here who appears opposed to equality is that letter writer! Mr. Palmer, you have my vote!