To the Editor:
I am really getting tired of reading signs and hearing about what Leviticus has to say about homosexuality. Why not concentrate on some of the other things that are mentioned there and put them on banners and signs all over town as well?
The chapter condemns a myriad of other practices relative to sex, such as incest, but prominent among them is adultery, which, by the way, is also one of the Ten Commandments, none of which even address homosexuality. Why are gays singled out while adulterers are allowed to walk the streets in safety? Ironically, El Paso County has the highest divorce rate along the Front Range with the greatest concentration of Christian organizations and their followers. How many Christians are out there now committing adultery, and if they are, why aren't they being treated in the same manner as homosexuals as Leviticus suggests.
I don't need to go into all of the other contemptible crimes committed against humanity in the name of religion, but it is frightening to many of us that there still are those who are spending a great deal of energy on trying to control the lives of others, whom they do not even know, in the name of some unknowable and apparently uncaring God. Why else would anyone let the Gazette editorial cartoonist despicably equate "Gay Pride" with "Gang Pride" (Aug. 28)?
I have the greatest respect for those who practice their faith in private to provide spiritual food for their own lives, but those who use their faith to force others into their mold with inconsistent and hypocritical reliance on some "holy" book, commit the greatest sin of all, according to Jesus. It is arrogant and appalling that they consider their moral code and "one true God" to be superior to other societal standards that have well-served countless cultures around the world and throughout history, with or without reliance on some form of religion.
-- John A. DeRuntz Jr., Ph.D.
World War II memorabilia sought
To the Editor:
I would like to address World War II veterans, defense workers and families.
Help save the personal legacy of World War II. The experiences and paper-based memorabilia of those who served in the armed forces and defense industries -- so often discarded -- are a valuable part of this nation's history. The Florida State University Department of History has set up the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to collect and preserve this physical heritage for research, teaching and exhibition.
If you or someone you know has letters, diaries or photographs of the period, please contact the Institute at the Department of History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2200, 855/644-9033. We will be delighted to send an information packet or answer any questions concerning donation of materials to the institute and their future use.
An open letter to Ed Bircham
I saw your picture in the Independent today! (Sept. 2, page 9, Bircham holding a sign that reads, "A peacefull (sic) protest of homosexual parades")
It's likelly you gave up Sunday schooll to attend the gay-pride parade to protest against those pesky homosexualls (who evidentlly lack your sellf-proclaimed high moralls).
After al your ranting about the locall inefectuall schooll system, it appears you need a littlle remediall education yourself. Next time you make a hand-lettered sign, you might want someone (possiblly from Englland, where they have intelectuall teachers who could be helpfull) to proofread it for you so you don't make typographicall errors on simplle words.
Come on, Eddie, as a normall white American, you can do better than this.
-- Dan Foster
Why we should teach Creationism
To the Editor:
The most frustrating thing about this whole thing of the teaching of evolution is that those who oppose it don't understand it at all. The only reason they want to get rid of it is because they don't like it. Take for example Al Ackerson's letter on Aug. 26 ("Don't dismiss Creation theory"). Obviously, he's quite oblivious to all the supporting evidence that is provided by true respectful scientists.
He doesn't even understand "variation of species." The beauty of evolution is that scientists try to prove each other wrong (geological, chemical, biological, botanical, etc.), which makes the theory even stronger. Can you see this in Creationism? Nope. Which brings me to "teaching alternatives in school." I am in total favor of teaching the Creation alternative in science. Many people will be surprised, but you will see why I favor it.
For years, creationists have tried so hard to discredit evolution to no avail. However, if we allowed creationism in science, then it would face the same scrutiny and tests as any other hypothesis does. Let me remind you that creationism is not even close to a theory (look over Science 101 to understand theory; it's not a hunch). I would call it a hypothesis at best. Therefore, if creationism were to face the same scrutiny as any other scientific hypothesis, it would eventually be considered nothing but a fluke, and it would be finally discredited (this has nothing to do with denying a creator, just the function of life).
But wait -- religious correctness is everywhere. We would have these people bitching and whining that it's offensive. Then they will try to make laws to protect them from any scientific scrutiny. Hell, if this is the case, maybe we should allow other alternatives as well, such as the X-Files "theories" or maybe Erich Von Daniken's "theory" that life began by aliens. These creationists, like everything else, will want to have their cake and eat it too. For the sake of true science, special rights cannot be allowed. Period.
-- Joe DeSantiago
If it didn't happen here, it didn't happen
To the Editor:
Last week, I was watching what is advertised as international news on the tube, and one broadcaster asks the other: "Why do you think the media is going after Gov. Bush on whether he has ever used drugs before?" The other's reply? (No, this is not a knock-knock joke.) "It is because there are no other real news stories to follow up on."
This was two days after the earthquake in Turkey, and the death toll was only at 10,000.
Switching to the other "international news" station, they were reporting on the earthquake: "Yes, it is a tragedy, but a volunteer American rescue team has dug out a 5-year-old boy." Applause!
So, switching to the remaining station, which is informing me the Turks themselves are responsible -- building apartments without considering 7.5 Richter scale earthquakes ...
Condescending sobs! One anchorman had the nerve to report the United States was concerned some food and medical supplies may become a black market.
Why not some responsible coverage?
Something like: We have 20,000 military personnel sitting around in Europe after bombing Bosnia back into the Stone Age. Could they help? We could just scrap a few multimillion-dollar war planes and a few thousand bombs and turn them into plows? Lobbyists being asked to learn carpentry skills and help to rebuild the country -- my, my, now that would be news!
Watching international news in the States is basically a waste of time. If you want decent coverage, check out the BBC or Canadian Broadcasting. Channel 11 on cable has Scola, which is local news broadcasts from other countries. You may not speak French, Russian or Spanish, but believe it or not, you will get more information watching the pictures than all day on CNN.
-- Steve Jorgensen