Negative Web site paints horrible picture of Selma

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dear Editor,

The first Amendment could very well be quoted as the greatest amendment known to man.

Free speech is something not even President George Bush can even take away from us.

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Sometimes I wonder do we go too far.

During the 1920s Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair used what was called &8220;yellow or sensational journalism&8221; and &8220;muckraking&8221; to, what they called, expose wrongdoing.Being in good intentions, they did sometimes go a little too far.

Speaking in present terms, we have our own group of anonymous people who do their own definitions of &8220;sensational journalism&8221; and &8220;muckraking.&8221; I must say that their journalism is sensational indeed.

If you have not figured out what I am writing about yet, I am referring to the Selma Informational Source Web site, located at

When I first heard about the site, back in 2006, I laughed because I did not take those articles seriously.

I still do not take it seriously, but I am concerned about the articles posted on the site.

It is not because they are twists of the truth, which most of them are.

It is also not in anger because I was mentioned on that site, because I am not angry at all.

Vengeance belongs to the Lord, so that&8217;s why I left it alone.

I am concerned because of the image it presents to the outside world.

There are people who have never heard of Selma nor do not know anything about it.

However, when they read those &8220;muckraking&8221; articles, scandalous videos (also seen on Google videos), and incriminating pictures and documents by people who choose not to reveal themselves, it gives Selma a horrible image.

How can we progress if negativity is always presented by that site?

To the makers of that site, whoever you are, remember, Selma is (as much) your city as ours.

Mayor Perkins is still our mayor, and the city employees and city council members are still in office.

Negativity breeds negativity, and that site is not presenting a positive image for our beautiful city.

Thank you,

Collins Pettaway III

Legacy reflected upon during confederate memorial holiday

Dear Editor,

Monday is Confederate Memorial Day Holiday in Alabama.

The greatest Christian revival in American history mushroomed in the Confederate States Army during Lincoln&8217;s Tax War (misguidedly called a civil war), crowning the South with the title &8220;Bible Belt&8221; even to this day.

The south has the highest concentration of Bible-believing Christians in the world.

This legacy is the most eternally significant feature of our Confederate heritage.

Eyewitness accounts of our Confederate soldiers winning the spiritual war are vividly recorded in: &8220;Christ in the Camp&8221; and &8220;Great Revival in the Southern Armies.&8221;

Jefferson Davis earnestly encouraged this Christian revival, which produced more than 100,000 young soldiers converted and powerfully energized older believers.

But Abraham Lincoln prohibited Bibles from entering the South, resulting in thousands of Bibles, shipped from England, being seized and dumped into the Atlantic Ocean.

Written testimonies that Lincoln was not a Christian may be read in

&8220;Life of Abraham Lincoln&8221; by Ward Lamon (Lincoln&8217;s closest friend) pages 486-504.

After the war, our confederate veterans built churches throughout Dixie, many becoming pastors and circuit riders.

Most Southerners grew up hearing the gospel because of our veterans&8217; labors.

Roger K. Broxton

President Confederate Heritage Fund