Atheists are blinded with science like Thomas Dolby
Re: “No evidence equals no belief,” Feb.
To the Editor:
There most definitely is a God.
This is in response to Andrew Kerr’s letter about his
unfortunate position of being unenlightened. Just one question:
what type of “material proof” would you like to
see? Are you such a holy and righteous person that you feel
God should be appearing to you in your dreams? Even if an angel
were to appear in front of your face, you probably wouldn’t
Science has disenchanted you. In response to your comments
on “conflicting beliefs,” if you bothered to study
these different outlooks rather than making sweeping generalizations,
you would realize that most conventional religions are incredibly
similar in their doctrines. Religion isn’t about which
one is right, it’s about which one makes sense to you.
Furthermore, “bloody conflicts” would occur regardless
of whether or not people “looked past someone’s
own spiritual beliefs.” No one goes around saying, “my
God is better than your God, so I’m going to kill you.” They’re
saying, “I want your land, so I’m going to kill
Just because you don’t see miracles taking place in
front of your eyes, it doesn’t mean they’re not
happening. “Science is fact and fact is indisputable” — and
the world is flat. You tell me that science can explain how
one person can look at a beautiful flower and cry because they
see the poetry in it, and yet another person can see that same
flower and feel nothing. Tell me science can explain creativity,
spontaneity and sympathy.
If religion has been “discredited” for anyone,
I humbly suggest becoming educated. You’re not going
to suddenly start seeing angels flying around but you may get
a view of the world that lets you see beneath the crestfallen
veil that science has put on it.
To the Editor:
Mr. Kerr, you say there is no God because there is no proof.
Well, what proof do you have that there isn’t one?
You believe in science and facts, so prove to me there is
no God. And while you’re at it, prove there is no Allah,
no Buddha, etc.
Yes, religion may be a fraud — I can admit that in past
centuries the Catholic Church created indulgences to rob the
poor of what little money they had. But nowadays, most people
accept their religion as it is and respect others. It is NOT
a matter of “if there is a God or not.” It’s
a matter of believing in something and taking comfort in the
belief that a greater power is looking out for each and every
one of us. These stories about God creating the universe are
part of the belief that something out there created it, and
it is only a theory we believe in, much like some scientists
believe in the Big Bang Theory. Wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t disrespect that you are an atheist; I know lots
of atheists, but they don’t seem to care that others
or I believe in a God. Why should you stir the pot? I am a
devout Roman Catholic and admit to have questioned certain
things about my own religion. I am supposed to believe there
is only one God, but that would be false. I believe that whatever
glimmer of hope, love and charity that are possessed within
every person is the true “God.” That people helping
people are “God.” That “God” is in
every religious community. That “God” can have
What I think you don’t understand is that “God” is
not a person, an idol or a thing you can reach out and touch.
It is the belief there is good in the world and good in all
Wherefore art thou, Romeo coverage?
Re: “Revisiting a semi-forgotten genocide,” Feb.
To the Editor:
I wanted to thank the Richard Ivey School of Business for bringing
one of the most influential people of the 20th century to
Western last Friday to speak. I’m sure if the whole
student body had been invited his words of wisdom and leadership
would have touched us all, but he didn’t get to leave
his impression on the majority of Western. Why is this?
I understand Ivey had limited seating and that’s why
only Ivey students and faculty were invited. Rarely does anything
that happens at Ivey interest me, but Ret. Gen. Romeo Dallaire?
I barely understand why he would come to Ivey. Does Ivey understand
who they had? Couldn’t they have given Dallaire a bigger
space? Didn’t they think he deserved to speak to the
largest audience possible? Whenever I hear this man speak he’s
always trying to get to the masses and tell them about the
horrific events he tried so desperately to stop.
Secondly, I want to thank The Gazette for their semi-forgotten
piece about the retired general. I blinked and almost missed
it. Now I do enjoy the articles in The Gazette (a little relaxation
between classes is just what I need), but let’s put this
in perspective. The Gazette gave, oh I don’t know, five
hours notice and seven sentences for Romeo Dallaire’s
lecture. Then you really pissed me off when I turned the page
and the helpful Gazette staff was nice enough to give me two
months notice for the Britney Spears concert. An hour notice
for Romeo Dallaire, a champion of international human rights
and TWO MONTHS NOTICE FOR A CONCERT WITH A GIRL WHO LIP SYNCS
HER CONCERTS? Screw you.
Foul call on b-ball photos
To the Editor:
I am writing to express concerns about the selection and captioning
of two sports photographs that appeared in recent editions
(Feb. 3 and 10) of The Gazette.
First, let me emphasize I have been very impressed and pleased
with The Gazette’s coverage of our varsity sports teams
and athletic events this year. Your reporters have done a terrific
job of covering our teams and you have also published a number
of special features on athletics, including a summary of team
performances from the fall term and the weekly feature of the
Purple Pipe awards given to a student athlete each week. I
know that our student athletes and coaches are very appreciative
of this support from the student newspaper on campus.
The action photos, taken by your staff photographers, which
often accompany the articles are normally a welcome addition
to the written coverage. However, I was very disappointed and
concerned with two photos that appeared recently alongside
stories on the Western Open wrestling meet and the women’s
basketball game against Brock last Saturday.
In both cases the photos were of female student athletes and
included captions that were in my opinion demeaning and disrespectful.
Society is already replete with negative images of women. Instead
we need to be promoting and celebrating the fact that women
can and should participate and excel in sport and that they
are positive role models for young girls. The women who participate
on our varsity teams are powerful, skilled and talented athletes
who deserve respect. I believe The Gazette has a responsibility
to ensure that all student athletes are portrayed in a more
Director, Sports and Recreation Services
To the Editor:
After opening the Tuesday, Feb. 10 edition of The Gazette and
quickly flipping to the sports section to see if an article
had appeared about the women’s basketball team, I was
both shocked and disappointed.
As many a writer has said, a picture is worth a thousand words,
and the picture of the game spoke volumes. It did not speak
to the talent, desire and will of the women’s team to
defeat Brock, nor did it reflect the excited atmosphere of
Alumni Hall during the game. It trivialized the victory, the
player and the program.
In case The Gazette hasn’t noticed, which by their previous
lack of coverage we would not doubt, the Mustangs women’s
basketball team has become a strong and respected force in
Ontario University Athletics. One can truly feel the excitement
building in the community around the program and all that is
lacking is support from within the university.
As the school’s student newspaper, we would have expected
The Gazette to jump at any chance to bolster student support
of Western. However, the caption and picture of Tuesday’s
article speaks otherwise. How can The Gazette wonder why the
university atmosphere of Western is not that of other universities
when this is the support it provides to students?
Unlike our American counterparts on scholarship, we participate
in athletics on a wholly volunteer basis. It is our choice
and with pride that we represent the university. We would simply
ask that our own student newspaper respect us when reporting
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Spoke needs a scrubbing
to be renovated after profit plunge,” Feb. 5, 2004
To the Editor:
Although this plan to renovate The Spoke into a “lounge
space” seems like a good idea, maybe an intermediate
step should be considered first. Before dumping a bunch of
cash into a renovation, you could try cleaning up the current
bar. Perhaps if every table wasn’t permanently sticky
and the bar didn’t smell like years of spilt beer combined
with gallons of dried up puke, more people would be willing
to go into the bar and use it as a so-called “social
This renovation idea could put the University Students’ Council
into the same situation it was last September, after the purple
awning wasn’t well received by students. Maybe if The
Spoke got some new seat covers, rented a carpet cleaner and
used some Mr. Clean on the tables, they might notice more people
going to the bar rather than leaving because it smells like
a dumpster. If this doesn’t work, then reconsider the
renovation; the students might receive this option better than
the USC blowing our money on a poorly researched idea.
Civil Engineering IV