According to Scripture, He did not need a twenty-mule team, because He could have called down a "legion of angels to rescue him" from the pain and suffering if He so desired. However, His mission (of redemption) would never have been accomplished if He had. This is something Peter Gilstrap (and all those who are ignorant about what the Bible actually teaches about Jesus) will obviously never understand, since he is so obsessed with ridiculing the Prince of Life. Guess what, Peter. Since you are so perfect and sinless and in no need of a redeemer (in your own self-righteous eyes), you will be delighted to know that you are going to roast like a chestnut! Just remember, what you believe and I believe won't change the truth.
Suggestion to Westword: Get rid of this ignorant loser and, at least if you're going to keep up the assault on the Christian faith, do yourself some due diligence and hire agnostics who know the Bible and let them write your stupid anti-Christian rhetoric!
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Frankly, I find the differing pictures of Jesus enlightening and the commentary imaginative. Keep up the good work. My vote is for it to stay.
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Stuart Steers's story on the con job concerning the new football stadium ("Cash and Carry," July 16) was right on the mark. As with construction of any other facility for conducting private business, the cost should be the responsibility of the corporation and not that of the taxpayers. If the proposed new stadium will be such a financial success, why aren't the private-sector moneybags and the players clamoring for a piece of the action if it will be so profitable? If players and/or private-sector investors want no part of it, why, then, should the taxpayers be stuck?
Why should the six-county metro area get stuck with paying for the new stadium, but Denver gains what little revenue is allowed by the Denver Broncos? Seems to me that any revenue derived from the operation should be divided equally among the metro area residents paying the taxes to build it.
Since the stadium will benefit football fans, why not tax them by adding a surcharge to the tickets? Of course, fans will wail about ticket prices already being too high and unaffordable. Why should the majority of residents, who are not interested in the antics of a bunch of overpaid superjocks playing a silly-assed kids' game for big bucks, pay to build something for athletics in which they have little or no interest?
Beginning in August, there will be a series of meetings on the football stadium issue. If they are conducted in the same manner as the "citizen input" meetings on the airport issue, the public will have little to say. I attended two airport meetings. In both cases, six people in each of the two groups pushing for the airport had plenty of time to promote the project. When it came time for the citizens to speak, we were told that no commentaries or statements would be allowed. Those of us who had signed up to speak would be allowed one question each, and that was it. So much for citizen input in a "democracy."
Congratulations to Westword for continuing to remind us of the tenets of a representative form of government (free press, etc.). With the Rocky Mountain News initially in bed with the Rockies' stadium board and now with the Broncos, the dailies unabashedly espouse the values of corporate oligarchies, as increasingly evident in our legislature as well. The notion of a free market is a farce. Corporate welfare is now socially acceptable. Citizens are mere consumers of public relations-generated manipulations designed to extract the right vote. As described in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, our own tax money was used by the Rockies' stadium board (entrusted to represent taxpayer concerns) to pay lobbyists to sway our votes in support of player/owner interests and the interests of the News.
Where does that leave us as citizens trying to find a balance between cynicism and hope? As old activist Joan Baez once recommended, pick an issue that has personal meaning for you, become educated from a variety of sources and commit some time to it.