Interior monologue: As a 27-year, now-retired employee of the Department of the Interior, I cannot thank you enough for Alan Prendergast's "Grazin' Hell," in the April 7 issue. I worked under more than a few Secretaries of Interior, and Gale Norton is absolutely the worst. She took over where James Watt left off. (You didn't mention she also worked for him while he was Secretary.) When asked at the University of Colorado which philosophy most influenced her, Norton cited Libertarianism. I believe Libertarians oppose all public ownership of land. They also believe Mr. Robbins has an absolute right to destroy his property in any way he sees fit. Personal property rights are the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to Ms. Norton. Nothing in this article surprised me.
What did surprise me was that only one letter was printed in response. I expected a whole page of letters. Guess the victims of Ms. Norton are too frightened to speak and her supporters have nothing to say. Keep up the good work, and remember: Bush appointees are like cockroaches. They run for the cover of darkness when the light of truth is shined upon them.
A lesson in laughs: The April 14 What's So Funny was great commentary on the Denver Public Schools debacle. As a graduate, I know too well the ineptitude of that system. Adam Cayton-Holland always does a great job. I enjoy reading him!
What the hell? Laura Bond's feature profiling Reverend Benjamin Reynolds ("A House Divided," April 14) was well-written. Unfortunately, that's about the only good thing I can say about it. In the Bible, the word "Emmanuel" means "God with us." This pastor has certainly perverted the meaning. Nothing, and I mean nothing, about the church's pastor is encouraging. Perhaps at some point he recognized God's truth, but now he has lost his way as a man of God.
I don't know Reverend Reynolds personally, but his actions sent a chill through me. As a pastor myself, I could only feel deep grief and outrage at the horror he has heaped upon this house of God. And for what? Some phantom-purporting theology that God accepts homosexuality? Does he think he is doing God a favor by force-feeding the church a diet of maggot theology? I can only hope that those with any spiritual intelligence will escape quickly with their sanity. My conclusion: There must be a special place in hell for people like him, who so wantonly destroy good people in the name of God.
Reverend D. L. Foster
Change is good: "A House Divided" really inspired me to seek change, to go back to church, and in the words of a member from Emmanuel, "at least try to let God change [me]." I would like to thank you for taking the time to write this article. Thank you for the work and effort you put into this.
I would really like to get in contact with Reverend Benjamin Reynolds and thank him, but if that is not possible, I hope that this e-mail gets passed along to him, and if it does: Reverend Reynolds, thank you so much for allowing yourself to be used of God. I really admire your boldness and courage to reach out and touch so many lives. I hope that this e-mail is of encouragement to you. Thank you!
Truth will out: Thank you for the article on Reverend Benjamin Reynolds. It was a great piece, especially since Reverend Reynolds's church is in Colorado Springs, the heart of the conservative Christian movement. From my perspective --and yes, I am an African-American male whose grandfather was a biblical scholar -- Reverend Reynolds's quote of "Truth is truth, wherever it's found" says it all.
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Holy rollovers: I enjoyed "A House Divided." I thought that congregant Verna Williams explained it best: Faith in Jesus is supposed to transform. The Lord saves us in whatever condition we are in, and with the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit challenges us to live after His example -- that is, holy.
Homosexuality is not holy. Just because Jesus never explicitly speaks against homosexuality does not mean that He condones it; He said that He came to fulfill the law and the prophets. If the Old Testament says it's wrong, the New Testament does not make it right. The New Testament is the fruition of what is but a shadow of the Old -- e.g., Jesus is the final sacrificial lamb. There are a lot of well-meaning folks who are perhaps open to benefits accrued via civil unions (myself one of them) and who are not homophobic, but who believe that homosexuality is immoral, and this belief is based on clear Bible position. We very much take issue with gay supporters telling us that we are homophobic because we believe the Bible and that it must be the Bible that is incorrect, not them.