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OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 20 I 5 Page 5 The Bible - Truth or Hate Speech? By Robert W. Hagen to be t'air and to do the will of the PARK RIVER, N.D. - As majority? In passing this law they you all know by now, the will try to force ministers to per- Supreme Court of the USA just fbnn same sex weddings which is ruled 5-4 in Favor of same sex against the truth in God's word as marriage. It is now Federal Law is morally wrong. By stating this, in all 50 states. Here is a question I have no reason to apologize and for you to answer. Don't states 1 am not ashamed oflny God and have the right to say which laws his son The Lord Jesus Christ. apply totheirresidents? I believe Our mission as believers is to that they do. share his saving ga'ace through his This decision is, in my opinion love his son exhibited in dying fbr in DIRECT OPPOSITION to our sins to be raised up to glory God's word stated in Romans the third day. John 3:16, Acts Chapter 1. 2:14, John 14:6. Recently in As a follower of the Lord Je- Canada, a law was passed that if sus Christ, I am tired of being anyone preaches against homo- called vile and profane names by sexuality, it is considered hate people who are full of anger and speech and you may be subject to hate Christians! Tell me who are arrest. Can this happen here in the the hateful and Bigots now- states'? It may happen soon if we The Supreme Co.urtsjob is to don't take a stand against the interpret law not make them. tyranny ofan out ofcontrol Fed- What just happened by deciding eral government. Do what you. to change the definition of mar- will, but as for me and my house, riage is reckless and unconstitu- we will serve the Lord! tional. Why do we even have Editor :s" Note." Hagen isfi'om courts? Aren't the courts set up Park River. Is the ND Chamber of Commerce for big tobacco? We deserve better By Dr. Eric Johnson work and play," the GNDC has GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- If not only been absent in support- you laave not read the June 30, ing tobacco prevention efforts in 2015 New York Times article ti- our state, it has actively opposed tied, "U.S. Chamber of Corn- them. rnerce Works Globally to Fight With the goal to "reduce to- Antismoking Measure.s," please bacco use in North Dakota" on do so. While we acknowledge paper in their statewide plan and there is, at times, a disconnect be- in mind, we are troubled to see ef tween national, state and local or- forts of the Chambers of Com- ganizations such as the Chambers rnerce - whether internationally of Comlnerce organizations, I or here at the state level - com- couldn't help but recognize some bat proven prevention strategies similarities between Chamber that save both lives and money. international efforts as detailed in We call on North Dakotans to the article referenced above and the actions of the Greater North demand better and challenge the GNDC to accept what the num- Dakota Chamber here in our bers have long confirmed -, that state: :, Even as an active member of comprehensive tobacco preven- the Healthy North Dakota Sum- tion practices are fiscally re- mit, a public health initiative es- sponsible to taxpayers, health tablished by then-Governor John care systems, and ultimately, our Hoeven and whose statewide workforce and employers in the plan identifies strategies to "sup- business community. port North Dakotans who make Editor Note: Johnson, ./?om healthy choices - in schools, GrandForl