LETTER: With gift of free will comes responsibility

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

[Editor’s note: This letter is in response to letter by Lee County Commissioner Kirk Smith, which appeared in Wednesday’s edition of The Herald.]

To the Editor:

Oh, what a tangled web Kirk Smith weaves! Stripped of all racial overtones, the murder of a 17-year-old armed with a can of iced tea and a bag of candy, no matter what the ethnicity, gender or religion might be, is criminal. That his killer was declared not guilty and is now free and armed so he can do it again is a travesty of justice.

Is Kirk Smith aware of the irony as he switches from throwing away Trayvon Martin in the name of self defense and the right to bear arms to his abortion rant? I hate abortion with every fiber of my being, but solving the problem requires going beyond persecuting and criminalizing pregnant women. I really would like to see a serious discussion about preventing unplanned pregnancy, particularly in teenagers. Instead, the pro-life people are doing their best to destroy any family planning resource women might have available to them — PLANNED parenthood, get it?

I always scratch my head when Smith refers to his “God-given liberties.” God gave us the gift of life, the responsibility of realizing our potential as beings created in his image and the task of loving one another as he loves us. It’s hard work. We do have the liberty to choose the path we take in life. It is called free will, a God-given tool we can use to grow into rational human beings — or not.

Irene Smith