Faith groups leaders in supporting the most vulnerable

To the editor,

Concerning the Aug. 10 letter to the editor, “Moral teaching promotes the good”:

I agree that churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations are in the forefront of giving to many of the most vulnerable in our communities.

But I contest the assertion that “certainly abortion, homosexual/lesbian behaviors and lack of prayer do not contribute to the good”.

Such a flat statement is blithe at best and willfully ignorant at worst.

Is prayer “good” if it is forced?  Is that prayer?

A lack of prayer can be good if the alternative is forced prayer.  A lack of prayer can be good if that lack leaves a person to come to prayer sincerely and when they are ready.  They will come far more quickly if they do not develop resistance to prayer thanks to continued attempts to force it.

Is it “good” for a homosexual man or woman to be coerced to deny, repress and subvert the natural sexual feelings that are part of their human person?

Is it “good” for homosexual men and women to be encouraged to pursue relationships with persons of the opposite sex that are not natural to them?

Does this result in something “good” for that person of the opposite sex in the relationship, or marriage, with the person who is not naturally a heterosexual?

Is it “good” for a woman to decline an abortion to preserve her health or even her life?

Some women have nowhere near the needed support to bear and nurture a child, and/or may choose to preserve themselves in a life that may already be incredibly challenging.

The degree of right or wrong, good or bad is not a flat “truth” that can be judged by another person.

Finally, I do not know Barbara Goodmon personally [“Right-wing agenda hurts minorities”]. But I do know that Mrs. Goodmon is incredibly well-versed in the entire human service delivery network of the city of Raleigh, N.C., as well as the whole of Wake County that surrounds it.

Mrs. Goodmon served as chair of Wake County Human Services during a period in which our county and its needy experienced tremendous growth, requiring a complex expansion and re-thinking of its delivery systems for services.

She almost single-handedly founded the Healing Place of Wake County, a residential treatment center for homeless, substance-addicted men, and recently helped support development of the new Healing Place for Women as well.

Both are sizable operations and are exemplars of effective treatment and redemption for men and women who are completely lost and would be otherwise wadded up and thrown away.

I could go on with the causes and accomplishments that Mrs. Goodmon has contributed to here, but I will not.

We are a community of three-quarters of a million people, and Mrs. Goodmon has already served far more than her share in working with “the most vulnerable in our society” and she shows no signs of slowing down.

In all that service, I have no doubt that she has “met them and learned, first-hand, all the incredible work that is being done in our communities.”

Mrs. Goodmon knows exactly what she is talking about.

Patrick Carroll, Raleigh, N.C.

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