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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from 1 November 2004 to 7 November 2004

Like all letters to the editor everywhere, these letters are the opinions of the letter writers and not Anglicans Online. We publish letters that we think will be of interest to our readers, whether we agree with them or not. If you'd like to write a letter of your own, click here.

Powers of good and evil

I THINK the Reverend David Palmer, writing from Melbourne last week, raises an important issue, namely, is the editorial position of Anglicans Online one that is pro the homosexual ordained priests and elevates? I would widen the question to ask whether sites such as Thinking Anglicans and Christians on Line are similarly established by those that have a liberal, pro-homosexual stance.

It is no problem for me that they set up these sites, but surely they have a problem with God if they are not explicit about it? That is, if they use their moderator's powers to suppress opinions that challenge their beliefs, without letting readers know that this is happening.

Mike Jackson
St Luke's, Slyne-with-Hest
Lancaster, ENGLAND
2 November 2004

(Editor: Like newspapers and magazines, we don't publish every letter we receive. Our track record at publishing letters expressing opinions different from our own speaks for itself. The letters that we publish are always a representative sample of those we receive.)

After the US election

GOD SPOKE through a donkey once in history. Maybe God just spoke again through a donkey to wake up "the good" in the American People. John Kerry is not an evil man; he is a good, descent, caring public servant who had a message to give to the American People. Whether one agrees with his message or not; everyone should at least listen to what he has said. I will point to one of the major issues of this election - the Draft. President Bush said under no circumstances would he allow a Draft to be re-instated on his watch. Kerry has said several times he did not see how the President's present course of military engagement around the world can be accomplished without a Draft. Now that we have re-elected the President - I would hope everyone who stood with the President will hold him to his promises over the next four years. Young Americans are depending on us to enforce the promise of no Draft on this watch. Remember, good Christians, the one thing God said He hated was a LIE. A broken promise is a lie.

Dr. William A. Flint, M.Div, Ph.D.
St. Columb's Episcopal Church, Ridgeland
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
3 November 2004

Church is not for me

I WAS READING some of the letters and decided to write. I have been Episcopalian for many years. I am also a homosexual male. In the last few years and especially since all this upset about having a gay bishop I have decided to give up Christianity. In fact I no longer believe there is a god. I think it is all a collection of myths and fables geared to control people and make certain people feel better about themselves. People always seem to need others to look down on so they don't have to look at themselves. They can feel superior to others. Being gay is NOT a lifestyle or a sexual preference. A preference is something like choosing one food over another or even one church over another. I find it incredible that people who are not homosexual seem to presume the whys and wherefores of being homosexual. I was born homosexual. I have never dated a girl in my life and never had the inclination to do so. I resent the fact that people who do not know me and no nothing about being homosexual call themselves tolerant. I do not need to be tolerated as if there is some huge flaw that needs to be overlooked. You can have your religion. Religion is the basis for most of the world's problems. As for me, I am happier without it.

Rickie Dover
Odessa, Texas, USA
6 November 2004

Earlier letters

We launched our 'Letters to AO' section on 11 May 2003. All of our letters are in our archives.


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