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Volume 69, Issue 59, Friday, November 14 2003 


Letters to the Editor

Not Christ-like

To the editor:

As I was walking to class Monday, anti-abortion protesters who felt it necessary to spread their particular brand of Christianity accosted me. I especially enjoyed the shirt worn by one protester, that read "Got Aids Yet?" with "G.A.Y." being the most noticeable part of the shirt. Hey, that's a great way to be efficient: spread as much hatred and narrow-mindedness at one time. Let's not only show that God hates abortion, but that he hates gay people too. Fabulous.

When I read Aaron Schlanser's opinion column "Protesters' beliefs contradictory," (Tuesday), I was greatly relieved. I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who notices the blatant hypocrisy and hatred that is continually promoted by these "Christians."

I, too, am appalled at the energy these people spend on opposing reproductive freedom while leaving neglected children to fend for themselves. We devote so much time, energy and money to opposing abortion, yet Texas is ranked 48th in the nation in children's welfare. Until recently, we did not even have universal children's health insurance, so a large majority of our children was without health care. How very Christ-like of us.

We spend less money on our children than 47 other states. I'm glad I am not the only person who notices this peculiar discrepancy and I only wish more Christians would focus their time and energy on taking care of needy children.

If you want to protest anything, protest the injustices we are inflicting daily on our children who are living in squalid conditions. How tragic that a child has to be unborn to be cared about.

Leah Hill
junior, psychology

Speech zones

To the editor:

What the heck is a free speech zone? Why does someone have to get approval from University officials to participate in free speech? I am not aware of what constitutes a free speech zone on campus, but the concept that I could be arrested for trespassing scares me.

Are the Larouchian Democrats in a free speech zone when they infiltrate PGH and Agnes Arnold Hall? Are all the signs posted for College Libertarians, Democrats and Republicans posted in free speech zones? Is The Daily Cougar aware if any of its newspapers are distributed or read outside of these zones? Finally, and what scares me the most: what if I wear a shirt saying "Vote for Nader" outside of a zone? What if I wore it twice? Would I be escorted off campus and arrested for trespassing? What if my shirt was more controversial, say with a picture of a partially birthed but aborted fetus on it?

Sammy Larbi
senior, computer science and political science

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 ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.Send comments to


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