Responses to Pride column As I read your editorial on Gay Pride in the June 10 issue “On the eve of Gay Pride” (by Berl Schwartz), I kept thinking how much we need grace shown on each side of the issue. By grace I mean, giving the other side the benefit of the doubt. You spoke about Mount Hope Church and called it "hopelessly hateful" with its Halloween haunted house a few years ago. I don’t know why they did that, but I would dare bet you it was done by some young people on staff in that congregation. I assume many of the people in that church would say what you said about Bash Back, "These young people may have been too zealous but were still fighting for a righteous cause.” In my church the righteous cause is not to show hatred to the gay community, the righteous cause is to show others the love of Christ.
The Christian community has struggled to love and respect the gay community. I have struggled. I am a conservative Republican, a small-business owner, husband and father of three and a Christian. In my small hometown in Iowa I grew up making snide remarks about homosexuals. But through my job in construction, I have met some wonderful gay men whom I truly enjoy talking to. They have changed me by showing me grace. I hope in some small way they would say the same thing about me. Grace can change us, but name calling just makes people dig in their heals.
Thank you for making me think.
— Dave Tebben, Lansing
In response to the G. Arthur Graham letter June 17: Actually, the police officers on the scene said no laws were broken. The allegations made in the suit are just that, allegations. Allegations made by a rabidly anti-gay group trying to further an anti-gay agenda. They should not be read as anything but incredulous. Mount Hope Church actually is involved in protests at Pride, as well as in pushing an anti-gay agenda with the help of their congregation. It is also highly problematic that the church sends children into reparative therapy, something that is psychologically and spiritually damaging and can be considered abuse. I think the biggest criticism of the Bash Back action is that all its stated goals could have been accomplished outside the church, and there was no need to violate a sanctuary. Indeed, in order for that to happen in a justifiable manner, there would have to have been explicitly stated goals, targets, and high discretion as to what exactly was to be done inside the church. Instead, the Bash Back action came off as more of a "glitterbombing."
— J, From www.LansingCityPulse.com
Two cents on Ferguson My sesquicentennial two cents: It would be nice if the Prima Civitas Foundation could form a task force and examine the Lansing City Council resolutions and actions that led to the disposition of the Lansing Civic Center, specifically the votes of former Councilman Joel Ferguson.
Oh, wait … we can’t do that! Prima Civitas is headed by former mayor David Hollister. That would be a conflict of interest.
Now it’s reported that Ferguson wants to purchase the North Capitol parking ramp. I say let him have it. Any individual who would participate in the purchase and demolition of a 5,400-seat veterans memorial auditorium and who still has the fortitude to bestow upon us the much praised new state police headquarters … that individual is truly a visionary philanthropist we can all be proud of.
— Darryl Burgess Lansing
On Capitol coverage Editors and publishers believe covering state government doesn’t sell newspapers because people don’t want to read government news. I’ve often argued that people don’t get to read it often enough, so what they do get is confusing and boring to them. If you write it, they will read it. If they read it, they will buy it. If they buy it, true journalists will be able to fulfill their roles as watchdogs and beacons of truth.
— Aribadler From www.LansingCityPulse.com