Muhammad would treat women as chattel or spoils of war (Quran 4:24). Like the girl Briseis in the Iliad, women are to be owned, bought, traded, and used, similar to cooking pots or goats.

So, in comparison to Christianity, I find Islam to be sorely lacking. Perhaps your “Sheep and Goats” section should show a little more diversity in the future.

Jim Crooks
Oceanside

Schedule Our Meeting for May 23

I am writing in response to the full-page advertisement on page 77 of the November 18 Reader, in the “Sheep and Goats” section. This ad, placed by an organization called Family Radio, claims that Judgment Day will begin on May 21, 2011.

This claim is backed up in the ad by many Bible verses quoted out of context along with erroneous interpretation of those verses and a wacky, speculative theory about time lines to which theory the ad falsely assigns the seal of divine authority.

Family Radio will have major egg on its face when, on May 22, civilization will still be intact and human history will keep rolling along. Be on the alert. Don’t let anyone deceive you under any circumstances. Christians who are ignorant about eschatology might easily be fooled by Family Radio’s phony claims.

According to Ephesians 3, the present age was not revealed to the human authors of the Old Testament. Therefore, it is ludicrous to use any Old Testament passage to calculate the end of times with reference to the present age. Furthermore, the New Testament does not reveal how long the present age will last. So far, the present age has lasted approximately 1980 years, give or take a year or two. The present age will terminate only when the church, the body of Christ, has reached its full number. This could happen today or a thousand years from today. No mortal human being alive on the earth today knows when this will happen. Anyone who claims to know the date is a liar.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament reveal much about the ages of human history that immediately follow the present age. Revelation, chapters 6 through 20, covers a period of 1007 years of human history culminating with the final judgment. These 1007 years won’t begin until the present age has ended by means of the exit resurrection of the church. So even if the Rapture occurs today, human history will continue on this planet for 1007 years after the Rapture. The day of the Lord will not overtake the faithful as a thief, not because they have been given a date, but because they are spiritually prepared for His coming whenever He comes.

John Pertle
Santee

Save Yourself The Trip

In her Thanksgiving Day dining review (November 11), Naomi Wise twice listed the Quail Inn toward the end of her review. Please let her know that the one at Lake San Marcos has been closed for some time.

Jan Fenner
via email

No More Noise Hooligans

Your interesting article “The Chargers Don’t Wear Pink” (Cover Story, November 4) reminded me of something I have been wanting to say about football fans for a long time.

It has become accepted practice for the home crowd at NFL football games to make noise whenever the opponents have the ball. The main purpose is to keep the quarterback from communicating with his team. Noise provides much of what is called “the home field advantage.” This is not merely unsportsmanlike conduct but shameful behavior.

Anyone who complains about disruptive noise will be told (1) that it evens itself out and (2) that nothing can be done about it anyway. “Evening itself out” means, of course, that when the home team becomes a visiting team, it will get the same treatment, or worse. Is this what civilized people want to experience at sporting events? Do they want to see the best players playing their best, or do they want one team to have the same advantage the lions had over the Christians in the Roman Colosseum?

It is not true that nothing can be done about hooliganism. For one thing, the team owners could agree to stop encouraging it. Some stadiums actually have electric signs on which the word NOISE! will appear in huge letters when the visiting team — their guests — are about to make a crucial play. Some home-team players can be seen making what has become the standard signal for amplified crowd noise. The players stretch out their brawny arms and wave their palms at the sky like conductors demanding more volume from the orchestra. Some members of the coaching staff can be seen making this same gesture. Isn’t professional football dirty enough without these incentives?

If the owners agreed to ban noise encouragement by players and staff, the referees could at least start penalizing teams for that specific kind of unsportsmanlike conduct. This would not eliminate crowd noise, but it might give spectators the idea that their team wants to win on its own merits, without the dirty tricks of the “12th man.”

William Arthur Delaney
Hillcrest

You Got It Right

“Look Inside Pet Rescue” by Vivian Dunbar (Letters, October 28) was right on! I, too, live down here in Baja, and while I was not aware of the start of strong-arm tactics by the San Diego “Humane?” Society, I am well aware of some nonprofit operations not being so nonprofit. The last paragraph, stating that “any nonprofit organization…that solicits donations from the public should be open to questions and happy to provide answers” really said it like it is. Please ask Mrs. Dunbar to contact me; there are things that I cannot make public and would like to disclose to her.

Also, a big thank you for printing the pets who need homes — and in color too!!!

Thank you, thank you.

Marylyn Jester
via email

Secret Readership

I enjoy your publication, but please bring back the movie reviews and the travel articles by A. Gracia. I also prefer the print version, which I can read while enjoying a burrito or waiting for a professor to arrive. I’d also say that several people read a single copy of the Reader on college campuses, so your circulation is higher than what you might think.

Name Withheld
via email

Less Flesh

In the past, the Reader used to have many advertisements (pictures) with women wearing very little (bikinis, low-cut shirts, high skirts, showing lots of skin). Recently, you have cleaned it up a lot (thank you). Can you go all the way and eliminate the female pictures with too much flesh?

Name Withheld by Request
via email

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