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As I entered a restaurant with my family I was stopped in my tracks by the cover of your latest newspaper. As a Baptist I am sure you can see my shock to see Mormons hailed as saints among us. I read the article to see if there was a further explanation for this claim. After spending the better part of a week pondering how I felt about that article, this is how I feel.
In a world where religious freedoms are stripped from citizens at a rate I find very alarming, I am proud your publication chose to print such a controversial article. Just as I don't want an atheist to tell me I can not pray at a football game I don't want you to stop printing stories about religions in which I do not believe. I can not ask for full religious freedom for myself and not believe in full religious freedom for others.
With that said I do not find it necessary to insult one religion to report on another. I find it hard to believe that you would have printed “Saints among the Muslims” on that cover, but picking on Baptists seemed somehow acceptable. I understand the Mormons have suffered some persecution for their beliefs, but you would be hard-pressed to find a religion that has not. Just as Mormons are questioned by Baptists concerning their beliefs, so are the Baptists questioned by other religions concerning theirs.
Religious persecution will only worsen as our times near the end. I appreciate your courage for printing an article about religion; I even appreciate that it isn't what I believe. I just don't appreciate you needing to lower what I believe in order to report on what someone else does.
(The official name of the Mormon church, mentioned in the article, is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)
The piece by Ernie Dumas about the greening of Europe struck a chord. When I returned from about three years of residence in the Netherlands and had to go to the grocery store for the first time in Little Rock, I recall thinking, “Dang! I have to get in a car to run an errand.” I was so used to biking or walking or taking the bus in Groningen where I had lived in Holland. Ernie's right: when Bush nixed the Kyoto accords in 2001 he did so in an off-handed way, oblivious to the seriousness with which many Europeans had worked for years to comply with Kyoto. Also, during those years I don't believe I ever got a cup of coffee, anywhere, served in a Styrofoam or paper cup, and going without paper napkins was a trial I had to get used to. In terms of greening on a daily basis, we have plenty of room to grow.
I have never been a fan of Lindsey Millar's writing, simply because every time I read one of her [sic] reviews I get the distinct feeling that she has no idea what she's talking about. She draws comparisons from the band she's covering to bands that bear no resemblance to the artist in question whatsoever. Her review of “The Economy of Motion” by the Reds is a perfect example. After giving a brief description of her favorite songs on the album, she writes, “there are hints of Spoons here.”
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