Thursday, September 23, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 23

Cougar Comics Online
Mitchel on Sociology

Miller on Pageants

theriault on Life

Staff Editorial

Editorial Cartoon


About the Cougar

Letters to the Editor

'Onward anti-Christian soldiers'

To the editor,

Thank you so very much for easing our minds here at the Christian Haters Club. We had been worrying that the incident last week in Fort Worth had only aroused sympathy, and might have called too much attention to the new form of religious persecution we have been laboring to establish in America.

However, your eagerness this week to publish two political cartoons mocking that Jesus guy and his ignorant followers, so soon after that massacre, shows that absolutely no compassion was aroused.

How wonderful that you guys couldn't even wait a week to let them grieve before you started allowing members of the student body to bash them. We will, of course, be sending you membership information in the mail.

Christian persecution has just begun my friend, and we are thrilled to see you contributing to our effort to exterminate Christianity. However, we think you could do more. Words like "Bible-Banger," and "Religious En Extremus" are somewhat clever. Try to use words like "Anti-Intellectual," "Puritanical," and don't forget that sacred word (which, of course, only applies to Christians) "Hypocritical."

We have found it effective to associate Christianity with homophobia, chauvinism and racism. These associations would be perceived as false by anyone who has ever closely examined the Bible. But not to worry, many people haven't, and we need a scapegoat for the social problems we've created.

Now, we must make the public ignorant of that "love your neighbor as yourself" nonsense and persuade as many people as we can to perceive Christians as intolerant, while portraying them as tolerable. Your cartoons have captured this portrayal well.

Portray Christians as bumbling idiots who are so out of touch with social consciousness, they can't even wear cool clothes. Persuade the public that the Christians are pulling far too much weight in the intellectual growth of society.

Any time a group of people is believed to be hindering the rest of the culture's ability to reach its full capacity and destiny, that group is perceived as a threat. Threats must be eliminated.

Richard Ramsey,

senior, theater


'Damn, dirty apes!'

To the editor,

The editorial cartoon showing a white Christian male simplistically expounding against evolution was both shallow and insulting. I won't get into the issue of whether the creation account in Genesis is metaphorical or literal, but I do encourage readers to investigate the evolution debate for themselves.

Two books in the past decade have created considerable controversy as they exposed the weaknesses of Darwinistic macro-evolution (the idea that one species transforms into an entirely new species).

The first (Darwin on Trial) puts Darwinism through the paces of a legal style cross-examination and shows that Darwinists have an unjustified faith in their pseudo-scientific philosophy that approaches that of a religion. The second book (Darwin's Black Box) discusses the many problems Darwinism encounters as it confronts the biochemical notion of irreducible complexity.

Neither seeks to establish creationism as a replacement model, but both maintain that macro-evolution will have to be supplanted by a new theory in the relatively near future.

In short, there is little reason for proponents of macro-evolution to be so smug in their attitudes toward Christians, as they may find their own theory to be outdated in the years to come.

Hunter Baker,

3rd year law student


There was no obelisk

To the editor,

Curtis Miller's cartoon (Opinion, Sept. 21) stereotyped "a Bible Banger" as one who dismisses evolution as a crock and places his trust in blind faith. So I'm guessing by the sarcasm in the cartoon that evolution is "the way to go."

As I read this cartoon I could only shake my head. How can evolution, a theory riddled with hoaxes, holes and half-truths, be accepted as the norm? This is surely one of the great travesties in the history of public education in our country.

Year after year, students are taught the theories of a man (Darwin) who later in his life discredited his own ideas. If one looks at the facts, you can easily see that this theory is a joke.

Where is the missing link(s)? All missing links used in the past have been hoaxes. Nowhere do we see animals with partially evolved legs, eyes, brains, or various other tissues, organs and biological structures. Darwin himself realized there must have been a large number of transitional links and that this was a major blow to his theory. Just look at the complexity of the human body and tell me it "evolved."

The chances evolution happened are about the same as a tornado passing through a junkyard and putting together a '57 Chevy in the process. Yet the general society is fed this year in and year out. From the statistics I have seen, a healthy portion of the population doesn't even believe in evolution. If creationism employs "blind faith," then what exactly is it that evolution uses? Certainly not fact.

Andy Brantner,

sophomore, computer science


The higher standard

To the editor,

I am a 54-year-old father and grandfather, and am also the Campus Minister for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I take issue with Angela Bongat's column ( "Ms. Divorced America?," Opinion, Sept. 21). Specifically, I am offended by the statement "Let's get with the times, folks. Although it may seem like all of our daddies' ideal dream is for their beautiful daughters to remain 'pure' until marriage, the existence of such a holy creature in this day and age is all but laughable."

You may think that chastity and virtue are laughable matters. You may think that "the times" in which we live have made values and morals old fashioned. But I want you to know that I know many young women -- students at UH -- who are indeed remaining pure until marriage.

They aren't held hostage by the "immorals" of our times, but hold to a higher standard. They know that sex is not a toy or a plaything, but a gift from God, and is to be used as He directs. And they know that the laughing and taunting of the world is of no importance when one takes an eternal view of our existence.

Marion R. Pomeroy,

director, Houston Texas LDS Institute of Religion


Bookstore blues

To the editor,

You know, I understand that The Daily Cougar must have advertisements and such. Hey, that's fine with me. But why must you advertise for the UH Bookstore?

I find it disgusting to open up the newspaper and find an average UH-looking student in an ad titled "The real facts about buying textbooks."

The "reality" is that the books are overpriced and never there when needed. All of their inventory priced like it's going out of style. I have Finance 3332 and in that class it is important that I have a financial calculator. I knew I would be raped by the UH Book hut, or whatever it is, so I went to Office Depot and purchased one for $25.00. Today I wondered what the price would be here so I took a peek -- it was $45.00.

Why are their prices so high? I know it's high time they stopped bludgeoning us. We are college students for crying out loud. Aren't we punished enough?

Jeannie Ray,

junior, business/MIS


Try a little tenderness

To the editor,

I want to respond to Chris Larsen's letter ("No wonder it's so green!,"Letters, Sept. 17). Chris, you need to check your arrogance and your facts before you write such a letter. I'd like to see you work outdoors in the summer heat of Houston and work at a fast pace.

Yes, you "hurry" to your car and your classes where you sit in air conditioned comfort using a minimum of physical energy, while the ground crews are doing heavy labor outside in 95 degrees plus temperatures.

Some of the people you see working on the grounds are also assigned to moving heavy furniture some days. Then they may have to haul our garbage to the dump some days, so they are not assigned "exclusively" to the ground crew. They have almost no control over their work assignments.

How can you make the judgment that these employees, "lack ambition?" Perhaps you should ask if the University facilitates in any way their opportunities for promotion and/or gaining more skills.

Personally, I resent the insinuation that somehow these employees may be responsible for your tuition increases. I can assure you that whatever tuition increases you have had are not caused by employees who earn minimum wages.

You need to open your eyes and your heart and be a little more appreciative of some very hard-working people who make this campus a very beautiful place despite the low pay, lack of appreciation by many of us, and the dead-end nature of their jobs.

You need to learn to have a little more charity.

Kobla Osayande,
Program Director, Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies

Letters Policy

Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to dclettrs@mail.uh.edu; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.


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