September 11, 2007
In response to your “opinion” published in the Sept. 5 edition of The Democrat, let us set the record straight. Since you felt compelled to ask the question, I feel compelled to answer it. Yes, religions do employ their own language. Hebrew is to Judaism what Latin is to Catholicism and dare I mention the Muslim faith and the demands of their verbiage?
Apparently your knowledge of theology is on a par with your understanding of the intent of our petition. You completely ignored the positives set forth in the presentation and instead, to use your own word, would rather “infer” the meaning of statements made. Neither you nor any opponent to this effort spoke one word to me or station management as to our intent. Instead you are content to dust off the pious play book and invoke such words as “fear,” “nativism” and the ever popular “divisiveness.”
Curious to me that divisiveness is a one-way street. My suggesting that we, in America, should speak English is viewed as divisive but press one for English or two for Spanish is not. Immigrants of any other stripe are not coddled in this way. Discrimination? Another popular word in your play book selectively applied. Your answer is “effort would be better spent encouraging Sedalians to reach out through the study of Spanish and Latino culture.” Excuse me, are we not in Sedalia? Would not effort be better served for Latinos to reach out and embrace our culture? The crux of our petition. To suggest that the Spanish have not contributed to our community is ludicrous, to ignore that other unsavory elements of this same group have taken from it is equally so. I stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone who comes to our country with good intent and I especially stand with generational Americans to give them a voice. This country belongs to all willing to drink from the same cup. I invite you to debate me on this issue on my show. Keep in mind radio is not print.
Editor’s note: I am pleased to accept Thomas’ invitation to debate this issue at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on KDRO 1490 AM.