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10.1.02

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SULLIVAN'S LOTT
Re: Jeremy Lott's Sullivan Agonistes:

Please know that Mr. Sullivan does not speak for all Catholics who experience same sex attraction. With my brothers and sisters in Courage, at least some of us endeavor to live chastely in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is a difficult but rewarding lifestyle.

God bless,
-- Charles Silesia
http://www.ssaml.com

Good article -- I tend to be one of those Christians who believe it impossible to be true Christian -- and remain unrepentant in any singular class of sinful behavior. i.e one cannot be both Christian and homosexual. But there are many nominal but sincere Christians who disagree with me. Is that a problem? Not at all. It is not for me to judge them -- nor for them to judge me. I am given to follow only the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ -- and none other. And that is given to others as well. But you make a good point that it will be an interesting thing to watch -- this one who want to be both a Catholic and unrepentant "abomination unto the Lord."
-- Robert J. Burkhold

Re "Sullivan Agonistes": there is a Papal order from, I think, 1961 forbidding the ordination of homosexuals. The American Bishops who have allowed it are in direct disobedience.
-- unsigned

God called the first man and woman to rule over the earth together. God does not change. The word of God stands forever. Sullivan is into wishful thinking and creating the God he would want. I liken this to making Mr. Potato head as a child. You can't make God in your own image. Grow up, Mr. Sullivan.
-- Linda Watson
Kaneohe, Hawaii

I can't understand why you would waste your time and the readers time on the nonsense you have just written. You've drawn no conclusion on either side of this debate. I do think it would be worth your while (Sullivan's too) to read the First Chapter of Romans. There is no debate. Apostle Paul says it all.
-- G.J. Shaning

BONIOR'S BEST BUDDIES
Re: Editor's note Pretty in Pink:

Don't forget that last week Daschle wore a pink tie when he pitched his "this is outrageous!!!!" fit on the Senate floor. Three examples equals a solid trend.
-- unsigned

Congressman McDermott is right! Mr. Bush misled us about his team's prior 9/11 knowledge & promises to smoke out bin Laden "dead or alive." Our economy's in the toilet & our touted MBA CEO leader is focused on his March2Baghdad. Peeps in this hood bet our SoD is provoking the other old shoe to eject into the Iraqi desert. Will Saddam get that lucky? Who needs a war?
-- Irving C. Jackson
Oakland, CA

THE CITY UNIQUE
Re: Peter Hannaford's Continent's End:
I enjoyed Mr. Hannaford's article describing the idiosyncrasies of San Francisco. However, I thought there might be a mention of the City's acceptance of eccentric political proclamations. No, I don't mean Al Gore, I was thinking of Emperor Norton.
-- Mary Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ

As a talk show guy (and in other radio personality type gigs) I once took great joy in upsetting the proverbial apple-carts of the sanctimonious and fraudulent "pretenders" by always asking, "Oh, what city?" when some pompous individual spouted forth, or calling it "Frisco" -- and, to this day, I'm baffled as to those who think San Francisco "walks on water" -- or words to that effect.
-- Jack Frost

HELP IS ON THE WAY
Re: George Neumayr's Paid Family Left:

Almost as helpful as paving the way for no-fault divorce.
-- Scott Booth

THE SWING OF THINGS
Re: Reid Collins's Easy Ryder:

Does Reid Collins play golf or just follow it with the transitory interest of a television reporter? His piece on the Ryder Cup had not only that snide tone we hear so often in Europhiles, but also some errors of timing. His swing is off.

For example, he has the "forlorn twosome" of Mickelson and Price, "finishing out their match" after McGinley made the putt that clinched the cup for Europe. But Mickelson, with the kind of lame Sunday performance he has perfected in high pressure events and his patented, final day miss of a 3-foot putt, had already been thrashed by the No. 119 player in the world. That was one reason McGinley's putt mattered.

Also, the notion the American players behaved "crudely" at Brookline is a myth. It's true our fans weren't on their best behavior, but too much has been made -- mostly by the bitter, beaten European players that year -- of our team's rejoicing after Leonard sunk an impossibly long putt.

With television's usual brevity and slant, he identifies Montgomerie only as, "a preferred target for American spectators when visiting this country," and does not even mention in passing the asinine, rude things Montgomerie has a lifelong habit of saying about U.S. players. Monty's not a "target" here because he crumbles like poundcake in the majors. He's a "target" because he's been such a jerk. While he may have handled himself well last weekend he has not in the past.

Finally, so what if Strange said we got a "European butt-whipping"? Sure it's a tad crude, but it hardly qualifies as a horrible blunder in etiquette. Most importantly, it's true. Europe's team played terrific golf and won. Good for them. They -- and the Ryder Cup -- deserve better articles than Collins'.
-- Jim Varney

Mickelson had finished his match by the time the Euros clinched. McGinley's putt gave them 14 1/2 points, then Love and Tiger each surrendered another half point each for the final score.
-- Hareendra Yalamanchili
hyalaman@mit.edu

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