Volume 94, Issue 22

Friday, October, 6, 2000


Letters to the Editor

Bathroom Confucius says,"If man stand on toilet, he is high on pot"

Letters to the Editor

Virtue is an open mind

Re:Haskett should keep politics out of the pews,Oct. 3.

To the Editor:

I was just reading the various articles about the PromiseKeepers convention and I noticed the continual reference to the word "conservative."

Yes, I think our mayor is "ultra-conservative," but so is London!

If we really want to change the attitudes of people towards the gay community and fight misogynist attitudes, we first have to encourage the people of London to have open minds to new things.

Stop going to the same two coffee shops, same three malls and same three nightclubs all the time! Try something new and different.

Adding to our experiences brings in touch with different people, different cultures and different social attitudes. This way, we can all learn tolerance and perhaps give the not-so-conservative aspects of this city a chance to survive.

Vanessa Brown
English III

Clever guy dishes it out

Re:A Canadian Touchstone, Sept. 29.

To the Editor:

Returning to visit my family this past weekend in London, I was extremely disappointed in Friday's Gazette editorial concerning Mr. Trudeau's passing. Aside from being a most curious and unfortunate work from a grammatical, stylistic, and general coherence standpoint, the editorial contains an absolute shocking number of factual omissions and inaccuracies.

With so much historically correct information on the web and in the general press, it is a shame that more, or even some, research was not undertaken. I will elucidate my point with four of the most glaring errors:

(1) Trudeau's name is misspelled both in the editorial and the front page story.

(2) Trudeau did not "enact" the War Measures Act - but I'm pretty darn sure he invoked it.

(3) Trudeau's 1984 pre-resignation walk occurred in Ottawa.

(4) Your staffers may wish to become more familiar with the difference between the Constitution Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (hint: they're not the same thing) and complete some remedial work on what the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords were all about.

While trying not to be entirely unreasonable and not demanding perfection in the least – I think Friday's effort was, at best, elementary school-ish.

In addition, while passing through campus on Saturday, I was appalled and ashamed that the Canadian flag atop University College had not been lowered to half staff. It is an insult and a dishonour to the Western community and all Canadians that this flag was not lowered. It was my prior belief that universities were the keepers of learned traditions; a repository of history and a catalyst for change.

Andrew Tam
B.A. '96, LL.B. '99

Closed doors unchristian

Re: Christians are people too, Reader thinks critics wrong, Oct. 3.

To the Editor:

Are we any further along in understanding the PromiseKeeper issue? The Gazette has reported largely from the outside and while they print letters that can't get past their own sense of value-ladenness, we're no further ahead in understanding the issues.

Other than perhaps the protesters, most people have ignored that Christian men, who make up the ranks of the PromiseKeepers, are not a minority group.

As far as I know, according to the Ontario Human Rights code and the Canadian constitution, they should not be enjoying any special status as regards their membership.

Women, for instance, ought to have every right to participate in PromiseKeeper activities.

Closed circles don't sound very Christian. Why don't the PromiseKeepers open their doors to dispel their myths?

Curtis W. L. Jones
Honours Sociology II

Joke editorial very rude

Re: Drink up, Oct 3.

To the Editor:

Whether intended as a joke or not, it was blatantly rude to publish the words "Explain how Haskett told you to listen to God and God told you to get pissed. Also bring up how if the Lord can forgive underage drinking, you don't understand why."

Regardless of whether the Christian faith has made a drop on campus recently, or whether the editorial committee is suddenly an atheistic majority, The Gazette must remember that there are still large numbers of people who subscribe to and hold faith to the belief of forgiveness, the cornerstone of Christianity.

I suggest The Gazette read their disclaimer at the bottom of the page, because it seems like lip service. In the quest for greater tolerance on campus, it looks like one group's dignity can be sacrificed in the name of another's, and it seems Christianity is that sacrificed group.

Lawrence Loh
Biochemistry and Chemistry II

Dogma in the doghouse

Re: Christians are people too, reader thinks critics wrong,,b> Oct. 3.

To the Editor:

Those who have raced to the defence of the PromiseKeepers seem like the usual dogmatic bunch that I have seen on this campus since I first arrived here six years ago. Indeed, nothing has changed.

The organized response we saw in London to the visiting PromiseKeepers did not attack the men involved, as suggested. Rather, the response was an effort to raise awareness to the political nature of the PromiseKeepers' leadership.

The PromiseKeepers' attachment to the Republican Party in the United States, as far as I know, is well documented. Clearly, the PromiseKeepers is not just a Christian organization for men – as its leadership and supporters would have us believe.

The rhetoric of power and privilege dies hard. I say to that dogmatic bunch: Welcome to university, where we strive to be critically-thinking interlocutors in a secular arena. And believe it or not, us skeptics on campus are not alone in questioning the PromiseKeepers – we are joined by many, including other Christians and their respective organizations.

Richard Telfer
MA Sociology III

Taking it to a higher level

To the Editor:

For the past week, the Arab community at Western has been mourning the recent deaths of Arab-Israelis and Palestinians in Israel.

In light of these emotional occurrences, we have been equally concerned with the lack of coverage The Gazette has afforded these events, which have no doubt permeated the hearts of many Arabs, Muslims, and Palestinian Westerners.

As a Western student, I feel obligated to share with you, my fellow students, my concerns regarding what I feel are Israel's grave violations of human rights against its citizens, as well as the inhabitants of the occupied territories.

Accordingly, the Arab Students' Association at Western is issuing a petition against Israel to the United Nations, as well as to Prime Minister Jean Chretien. We realize this will not prevent further incidents of violence.

Nonetheless, we hope to raise awareness within the government of Canada and its Canadian citizens in order to reassess our stand on the inherent values of justice, equality and the preservation of life.

Rema El-Tawil
Classical Studies III
ASA Member

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