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Pete's Paper-cy

The Echo has always printed a sufficient religion section. So why is Pete Abler, a self-professed Crosslake Catholic, continually allowed adjunct space to publish his superfluous Catholic-agenda column?

Pete’s recent anti-abortion ramblings spin mostly red-herring logic and draws attention away from the fact that, since the dark ages, his church has supported unrestrained human reproduction no matter what damage it inflicts on society!

If Pete wants to stop abortion, he should first focus on the root problem: the vast amount of humans that should never be parents in the first place! (Our divorce courts, homeless/human-trafficking shelters, prisons, ghettos, etc. overflow with humans of inept, narcissistic, self-serving parents.)

It’s a fallacy that the “sanctity of life” begins at conception: It begins before conception when only those humans who profoundly respect a child’s right to have decent parents should contemplate procreation.

Concerning “morality,” it’s the only true difference between humans and animals. Mark Twain expressed it best: “The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”

The well-documented moral hypocrisies of Pete’s religion are legion, but the most insidious problems are those exacerbated by human over-population. Some examples: The sieve of food shelves has never cured poverty. Aren’t job shortages first caused by a population glut? Anyone having more than two children bleeds someone else’s tax dollars to publicly educate their third-plus offspring.

And, most egregiously, the earth’s health, to which all life depends, is being decimated by the over-presence and activities of humans — you just cannot have infinite human growth with finite resources, without committing ecocide.

If the Echo isn’t about well-balanced news, then maybe it should rename itself the Papist Monitor. God bless the current pope!

Annie Retsoff,

Pequot Lakes

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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