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Eschewing Obfuscation

Why Do We Need a Progressive Newspaper?
written by Charles Sumner

published in the September 03rd edition of the Nashville Free Press


The cessation of publication of a print edition of the Nashville Free Press means the loss of a way for numerous local writers to get their opinions out in a format which a person can read in the barber shop or beauty parlor, in a doctor�s office, in the hospital waiting room, in a restaurant and other places where a computer is not handy. And there are many people without Internet access or with limited computer skills. It also deprives our community of a voice which expresses another viewpoint, often one not covered in the downsized dailies or weeklies. Some may say that you can still read it on the Web, but you know that the demands for you to read things there can be overwhelming. There are only so many places you can go to on the Web in your limited amount of time on a computer.

We probably have to face the fact that the liberal community in Nashville and Middle Tennessee is relatively small and sometimes is intimidated by the larger community of conservatives. We failed to get sufficient advertising or support for the Free Press. Therefore we lose what could have been a significant voice here.

Our radio airwaves are loaded with right-wing talk shows; liberals have Liberadio for two hours a week. If Radio Free Nashville ever gets let loose from behind the Bellevue hills, we all need to get behind it.

To give you an example of why we need a progressive voice, consider the full-page ad in the Tennessean (and other papers around the country). That ad needed to be replied to (and it should have been) in the Tennessean. I think they owe the community the opportunity to know the truth and not just let big bucks pay to perpetuate falsehood. Here is what I submitted. Of course, even this little reply was not printed.

"Trust in God - but not in the material in the full-page ad in your paper on July 4. That was paid for by Hobby Lobby and based on the revisionist history of David Barton of Wallbuilders. Their goal is to convince the public that this is a Christian nation and that there should be support of religion by government.

"An example of their duplicity is that they quote Alexis de Tocqueville, whose 1833 Democracy in America is a classic. Yet in the rest of that quote Tocqueville stated, "They all attributed the peaceful domination of religion in their country mainly to the separation of church and state ... during my stay in America I did not meet a single individual, of the clergy or laity, who was not of the same opinion on this point."

"They perpetuate the falsehood that the Supreme Court struck down voluntary prayer in school, when the truth is that it said the government cannot write prayers and tell students when to pray. They claim that a Supreme Court decision unanimously declared this to be a Christian nation, which is another falsehood.

"David Barton has no credentials as a historian and has been challenged for using false and dubious quotations in his indefatigable effort to change history. Don't believe everything you read."

Here is a suggestion. Bookmark www.TheNashvilleFreePress.org and go to it periodically so you can still obtain a progressive point of view. To keep abreast of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, try www.Nashville-AU.org, where you can read back copies of Eschewing Obfuscation and find out what�s doing on the church-state front.



Why Do We Need a Progressive Newspaper?
published in the September 3rd edition of the Nashville Free Press

Jefferson's "Wall of Separation"
published in the August 6th edition of the Nashville Free Press

The Sage of Monticello
published in the June 18th edition of the Nashville Free Press

The Enlightenment and Deism
published in the June 4th edition of the Nashville Free Press

America as a "Religious Refuge"
published in the May 7th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Conflicts over Religion and Government
published in the April 23rd edition of the Nashville Free Press

Roger Williams - Freedom's Forgotten Hero
published in the April 9th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Religious Liberty in Colonial America
published in the March 12th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Religious Liberty Requires Government Neutrality
published in the February 26th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday
published in the February 12th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Is Posting the Ten Commandments Moral or Immoral?
published in the January 29th edition of the Nashville Free Press

Three-Minute Introduction to Separation of Church and State
published in the January 15th edition of the Nashville Free Press