February 13, 2013

Inbox — Feb. 13, 2013

Finance a Listen
Did Damien McPherson listen to same album I did? I doubt it. If he did, I think his CD review of Cphr Dvn would be entirely different than the one in the Jan. 30 LEO. He says the vocals are all over the place. The album is about their love for each other, therefore the vocals are fine — they are where they should be. Now about it being “poorly recorded” — does he do music? I would think not. Poorly recorded to me means you can’t hear it, and I can clearly hear the beautiful sounds of Rnbw Mzk. I think he forgot a few things in his review: 1) Wize, the other part of the group. He said nothing of him, only of Sultra needing a guiding hand in finance. 2) He did not talk about or hate on each song specifically, which really made me wonder whether or not he just wanted to be mean. 3) Finance, finance, finance! Who is McPherson to tell someone they need more finance? That is very rude.

I am one person with an opinion, just like him. I think he should go back, make some hot tea and listen to Rnbw Mzk again.
Kenna Smith, Louisville

No Fear Where?
Regarding the “No Fear” letter in the Jan. 30 LEO Weekly: No Fear? It is ironic to use an obsolete clothing brand name to title an article about an archaic institution. I grew up an avid and proficient shooter and enjoy weapons, but to label the NRA as “evil” lends to a cop-out. The NRA, while often acting reprehensibly, is a business. Morality is rarely part of the equation. In every mass shooting, the perpetrators were deemed mentally ill — evil in the dark ages of medicine. The true facts of modern culture are: 1) Mortal fear is rarely present in sociopaths with suicidal/homicidal tendencies. 2) Long-term punishments do not exist to a suicide. 3) Fairy stories shouldn’t trounce honesty in childhood behavior. You mention the peaceful pre-1960s: Does this mean that your creator cares less about younger generations? Why do you cast the ACLU in negative light as they champion the freedoms to publish articles such as this? You accuse the ACLU of teaching that “we came from apes.” This is an untrue bastardization of the theory of evolution. We did not come from apes, but rather our genes diverged from a common ancestor. This kicking of a dead horse, or so-called “evolutionary debate,” exceeds redundancy and the lack of sadism of hell hardly causes a “thirst for murder.” To be on target, the misrepresentation is not of the First, but rather the Second Amendment. The facts are that no wars have been started over atheism; religion is quite another story.
Scott Clements, West End

Fear Absolute Truth
In response to the “No Fear” letter: I am one of the many young men you speak of who do not believe in God, hell or an afterlife judgment. Although I do not have this third fear, as you call it, I am a peaceful, law-abiding, tax-paying citizen. It is not fear that guides my actions but my humanity and empathy. I don’t know if religion, or a lack of it, can create a mass shooter. You assert with “absolute truth” that the lack of fear of hell or God creates these mass shooters. I ask where your evidence is for this absolute truth? It’s funny how people who espouse opinions always claim ownership of the truth.

If the fear of God or hell worked so well as a deterrent for crime, why are our prisons populated by an overwhelming majority of inmates who believe in a god? As far as the data suggests, there is not a strong presence of atheists. Later on you blame the incoherent acts of violence by a few individuals on the ACLU, which seems more like personal agenda rather than a valid argument. Opposed to what you may think, my belief in evolution, which is a belief based on verifiable evidence instead of faith (which can never be proven), has not made me immoral or thirsty for murder. You speak of a misinterpretation of the First Amendment. I think the misinterpretation was with the Second Amendment — “a well regulated militia.” The key word being regulation. One person does not constitute a militia.
Freddy Campoy, Old Louisville