The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 5, 2012

ELECTION LETTERS: Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn affirms his Christianity

I’ve been hearing rumors that I am not a Christian or hold to Christian beliefs. That is far from the truth. I am a Christian. I was raised in a Pentecostal Church in Carthage and gave my life to God at an early age. I raised my three sons in church.

My spiritual beliefs serve me well in my capacity as your sheriff. I am a man of faith and prayer. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ that is extremely important and personal to me. I pray daily about the office of sheriff, the citizens I protect, my employees, our military men and women and those in need of a healing touch from God. I use the Lord’s guidance to do my job and stand up for what is right, regardless of whether that hurts my public reputation or political career.

As the sheriff of Jasper County, I am sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, which includes the First Amendment. There are many people in this county with beliefs different from my own and yours. It’s my sworn duty to treat everyone equally, to not discriminate against anyone for their religious beliefs and to protect them from discrimination.

Because I serve so many citizens and employees with differing beliefs, it’s inappropriate for me to advertise or force any particular religion upon others. This policy also protects my deputies from being accused of discrimination based on religious beliefs.

When I became your sheriff, I formalized a program that designated officers as chaplains within the Sheriff’s Office. Their council has been very invaluable to me, my deputies and citizens during times of need or tragedy. I have also urged the use of prayer during sheriff’s office functions and meetings when appropriate.

I do not flaunt my religious views or force them upon others, nor do I use any religious affiliations as a means to further my political career or to win votes. These values are important to me and have an important place in my life and my career.

“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” — Matthew 22:21

Archie Dunn


Text Only
  • Our View.jpg Our view: Street smarts

    If your daily commute has been shortened because you no longer have to wait at 26th Street and Connecticut Avenue for a train to pass, thank your own tax dollars.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: No time to turn away

    With the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine and fighting that has now escalated to a ground war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it would be easy for most U.S. citizens to throw up their hands and turn their backs.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Amendment 5 is deception of the highest order

    Amendment 5, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, “relating to the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms” provides that “any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

    July 21, 2014

  • Our View: Vote no on Amendment 1

    Proponents of Amendment 1 — the Right to Farm Act — have not made their case. We’ve met with advocates of this amendment to the Missouri constitution and listened to their arguments, but we don’t believe they have adequately answered the central question: Who is it protecting, and from what?

    July 13, 2014

  • Your View: Power to defend

    The Globe’s editorial ‘More guns not the answer’ (July 15) was saturated with classic progressive blather.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: Thanks for the generosity

    Generally, all we hear about is the bad news, and obviously, there is plenty available. Our church felt this event worthy of public knowledge.

    July 21, 2014

  • Your View: How to upgrade your business

    Let’s see now. When some folks wish to improve the exterior of their properties and have other taxpayers pay for the improvements, they create a community improvement district.

    July 21, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Decision fails test

    With the announcement that the State Board of Education has decided not to release individual school test results because of cyberattacks and other problems this spring, educators are scratching their heads, as are taxpayers who footed the bill.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Our View: Welcome additions

    After Joplin voters failed to pass a curbside recycling proposal in the spring, the City Council said it would study alternate ways to make recycling easier for residents.

    July 18, 2014

  • Your Letters: Be careful what you wish for on Amendment 1

    The proposed Amendment 1 should have been called “Freedom to Farm Without Any Restrictions Whatsoever” because that is what it is. Do you really want a feedlot opening next door to you in Joplin? Or a hog-raising operation on your block in Carthage?

    July 17, 2014

Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Do you think Missouri should pass legislation that would allow a prescription drug database to be kept?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
NDN Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success