To the Editor:
Just as pots have handles so do issues in the form of attack words. These are words used to attack issues and shut-down conversation. The Rev. Lorenzen has used a number of them. “White nationalist organization,” “hateful,” “bigoted,” “ignorant,” “terrorism,” “hate-speech,” “vile neighbors” and “hatred.”
Unlike society of the colonial period that was homogenous, white, Congregational and not very tolerant, today, what passes for society is none of these. Still, those bigoted folk back then did produce one heck of a state and country and a beautiful town in Woodbury.
As hateful as those people were, they built churches, birthed babies, farmed, herded livestock and generally produced an environment that created and supported a life we only see the evidence of in today’s Woodbury. Life was the core competency.
Today, our American society is one that does not nurture life. This may be seen not only in birth control that was illegal when I was a youth in New Milford, but abortion, feminism that tears away at the fabric of the family, Sunday shopping that used to be illegal, sexualization of society including children and proliferation of indecency and pornography, all of which together, displace those things that society was at one time focused on, building life-affirming values into the community.
I am familiar with Patriot Front and view them as a very vigorous counter-culture movement seeking to draw attention to the old life-affirming values. Their methods, I agree, are unconventional, but that is undoubtedly because counter-culture demonstrations have historically been opposed by violence.
I would ask readers rather to focus on their message of a return to core American values, which I agree are not very permissive, but still worth hearing and reflecting upon.