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Answer the call for peace

Updated: February 10, 2013 5:52PM

The buildings in downtown Chicago often light up various colors to show support for and represent different issues and seasons. This has been successful in raising consciousness. Beginning Jan. 13 through Jan. 21, BOMA/Chicago building members have agreed to encourage buildings to light their buildings blue for peace in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Blue is the color the United Nations has chosen to symbolize peace and commonly referred to as a symbol of peace.

Dr. King was certainly a prophetic voice for peace and nonviolence. As we are reminded visually by the blue lights during this time, let us as Chicagoans pledge ourselves to work for peace in our schools, places of worship, blocks, neighborhoods, cities and world. With all the violence seen in our country and in our city, we have never more needed the gift of peace and the call to be peacemakers.

The Rev. Michael L. Pfleger,

Faith Community of Saint Sabina

Licenses don’t ensure safety

Anyone who thinks illegal immigrants who drive are not safe drivers is mistaken. The fact is they’re illegal, not stupid. As someone who wants to avoid contact with the authorities, they don’t speed, go through red lights or stop signs, or even change lanes without signaling.

Giving them driver’s licenses would only make them less nervous about being stopped by the police, knowing if they violate a law or get involved in an accident they will only get a traffic ticket instead of being taken in for something much more serious. That will lead to more distracted driving and therefore more accidents, not less.

Phil Chopp, Naperville

Hey, you elected these people

I cannot for the life of me understand all the complaining from many of my fellow citizens about the dysfunction of the government at all levels. They re-elect the same people over and over and over yet expect changes. All I can say is that they must be daffy. You got exactly what you wanted, now deal with it and don’t worry about your kids or grandkids’ futures; it obviously was not a big enough factor to influence your vote in any of the elections.

Michael D. Turay, Crete

Enforce the laws

What’s wrong with this picture? We have the chief law enforcement agent in Cook County seeking to give illegals the right to drive. I thought law enforcement was to seek out and eliminate illegal activities in its jurisdiction, not turn the other way. If a person is already driving illegally, if they failed the test or didn’t get insurance, would they stop driving? If we actually enforced the laws about illegal immigration, we wouldn’t be having this problem in the first place. Try entering any other country illegally and see what happens to you. Why are we turning the other way on this issue?

Larry Craig, Wilmette

Columnist deserves a rebuttal

A columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times castigated the archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, for opposing a proposed Illinois law defining a union between homosexuals as a “marriage.” Steinberg accused the Cardinal of equating marriage with sex “Dear Cardinal George: Marriage is ... (hint: it’s not just sex)”, Jan. 3). Steinberg’s reasoning deserves a rebuttal.

The Church does recognize that the cultural significance of marriage goes way beyond sex. In Catholic doctrine, marriage serves as a metaphor for the union of Jesus and His bride, the Church. This union has no sexual content, for it refers to the spiritual nature of the bond, a complete giving, in love, of one spouse to another. As a creature of the Enlightenment, where reason and science exclude religious concepts, the modern state has nothing to say about “love,” spiritual or otherwise. Such subject matter remains the purview of theologians, poets and artists.

The Enlightenment State concerns itself with sex, because natural sex produces babies, and the welfare of babies falls under the jurisdiction of the state. That is why the state regulates sex through marriage. And that is why the Church has likewise made marriage one of its major concerns. The Church’s understanding of marriage predates the creation of the Enlightenment State. The Church has assumed the protection, through the moral law, of babies and children before any modern state even existed.

George Kocan, Warrenville

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