Letters to the Editor

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I don't think the justice department and law enforcement care about what they do to a child's future. As a parent and member of the community, I know firsthand what one over-escalated issue (on either side) can do to wreck the rest of your life. Children need help to grow, not handcuffs to hold them down.

Name withheld on request

Let There Be Lighthouse

At your service: Thank you to Jared Jacang Maher for his honest journalistic insight into Reza Zadeh and the former Sigma Pi house ("To the Lighthouse," March 10). I think what Reza is doing shows the true nature of Jesus and his ministry, and what Christians today should do more of: serve others no matter who they are or what they've done, and show God's love through actions and not just words.

Thank you, Westword, for presenting this story the way you did.

Benji Goodrich
via the Internet

I think I smell a frat: I'm certainly not one to complain about one less frat house in the world, but if the best replacement for it is Reza Zadeh's vision, maybe we're better off with the party-hearty Greeks. Zadeh's intentions appear to be good overall. But like most evangelicals, he just doesn't get it.

It's true that many young people have little to no interest in Christianity. This has less to do with an image of stodginess than he thinks -- though Zadeh's use of a limp parody of a fifteen-year-old novelty song does little to make Christians appear "hip." The truth of the matter is that many people, college-age and otherwise, simply can't stand the evangelical mentality. Taking time out of a sermon to give us another iteration of "God Hates Fags," for example. Or explaining how a natural disaster that killed 150,000 people is actually a good thing. This sort of smug, self-satisfied, holier-than-thou rhetoric used to espouse prejudice and bigotry is what drives so many of us away from the church.

Dan Stokes

Practice what you teach: If it works, run with it. We need more Jesus in our life, and that is for real. I am a strong believer, and I may not be perfect, but I know there is a God, and people everywhere should be taught about him. There could never be enough houses to worship in.

Merina Jackson
via the Internet

Love is all you need: Lighthouse minister Reza Zadeh wants to avoid being preachy and judgmental, but he is not any different than Reverend Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps. Zadeh says homosexuality is wrong, and he tells a lesbian student that she is going to hell. This is the kind of hateful bigotry that drove me away from "Christian" churches. No amount of phony hipsterism is going to camouflage this hatred, and Colorado State University students are going to see right through him.

Jesus preached love, not condemning people. Zadeh and most "Christians" are not real followers of Jesus at all, because they hate. I believe that when you condemn other people to hell, that's where you're going. Hope you like it hot, Zadeh.

Tom Bell

A man of vision: I met Pastor Zadeh when I did a lecture at the CSU campus last November. I was involved in campus ministry for twelve years before becoming a professor at the Denver Seminary in 1993, so I appreciate your willingness to look into Reza's life and vision for outreach at the CSU campus. Unlike many stories on Christians in mainstream periodicals, Jared Jacang Maher's article was not condescending or mean-spirited. It seemed to be fair and explained the serious situation at CSU very well. Thank you for that.

Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy
Denver Seminary

Fowl Bawl

Fight to the finish: Thanks to Jason Sheehan for not pulling punches with the March 17 "Cry Fowl." I trust his reviews.

Jim Cunningham
via the Internet

Mean machine: I've often enjoyed Jason Sheehan's sarcastic wit, but with the March 17 review of Sparrow, I think he's gone over the deep end to mean, petty and vindictive. And unprofessional.

For example, I don't like the use of "fuck" in a restaurant review -- not once, but several times. Use a thesaurus, Jason -- you're not behind the stove anymore! Even more disturbing than the excessive expletive usage is the nasty tone of the review. My office is nearby, and I have eaten at Sparrow many times, for lunches and dinners, sitting at the bar and at a table. The food doesn't even resemble the disaster he refers to. Maybe other diners (including some of Jason's acquaintances he "once considered rational and right-thinking people," who also got the shaft in his review) and I have no tastebuds.

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