Sunday Junk

With regard to “Church on Sunday” (Cover Story, April 9), why devote so many pages to such religious nonsense? Haven’t you seen Bill Maher’s Religulous?

Ted Rodosovich
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Go Greek

I have some pretty good information in regard to your article “Church on Sunday?” (Cover Story, April 9). Number one, a more accurate approach to Christianity’s core would be to study the original Koine Greek manuscripts. Example, Paska — Passover — was changed to Easter in other translations. That’s one example.

Gentile Christianity rejected biblical health laws, diet, calendar, and days of worship, etc., in the untitled messianic Jewish faith. They changed the name and fragmented into many denominations while maintaining the Jewish scriptures, Old and New Testament, with the messianic message. Therefore, to see a better picture of First Century New Covenant faith, one can see two research organizations’ websites. The first is First Fruits of Zion ministry at The other is

Name Withheld by Request
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Long Gone

Re “Church on Sunday,” Cover Story, April 9.

For what it’s worth, this sentence should appear in the past tense: “There is a Greek Orthodox Church across the street from Dallas Theological Seminary.”

That church has long since sold the property to DTS and moved elsewhere.

Name Withheld by Request

The Peaceful Vegan

I was not surprised to find yet another “Diary of a Diva” column totally focused on food. Before I get strung up for being insensitive, let me say I have admired Barbarella for her candidness in openly discussing her former struggles with food in previous diary entries. She has obviously devoted a good deal of her life to becoming very informed on food and nutrition and developing a healthy attitude on the subject.

That said, I was disheartened by the cynicism and negativity Barbarella used in her recent column “Happy Tummy” (April 9). Being a vegan myself, I am continually surprised by the combativeness of people towards me based on what I choose to eat. It’s not like I get on any sort of high horse and relentlessly throw down moral condemnations. In fact, I take great sacrifices to make sure my lifestyle doesn’t adversely affect anyone else. Writing this letter is the most proactive I’ve ever gotten on the subject; nevertheless, I’m guessing many will be quick to throw me into Barbarella’s “militant vegan” category. I actively choose not to judge people based on really insignificant things like what they eat and would hope for the same in return. Words like “militant,” “hypocrisy,” and “cafeteria Catholic” used to describe a group whose members are largely compassionate and peaceful is irresponsible and shows a clear one-sidedness.

This article goes beyond simple observations of the author’s friends and acquaintances’ eating behaviors but rather portrays a sliver of American psyche. We are a culture that is obsessed with food. Moving beyond just a source of nourishment, food is now a social tool, a status symbol and a multibillion-dollar industry. We love to do everything hand in hand with food. Watch TV, go on dates, throw parties, and organize reunions. Meals in this country are centered on meat, and therefore vegans and vegetarians are less easily incorporated into the myriad of social encounters we humans enjoy. This is somehow threatening to all the non-veggies out there who feel they need to adjust their life to accommodate their ostracized friends. The vegan or vegetarian is then resented for being such a perceived disruption. Bottom line is no one really cares about the choices another makes until they perceive it affects them. People are inherently selfish.

We all have opinions. However, coming from a journalist’s standpoint (which is what I am currently studying to be), writing opinions for media audiences’ consumption has to carry a little more weight, as well as responsibility. A suggestion would be doing more research than looking up the ingredients of cat food, for example, or interviewing people outside of your own close social network. Please be better informed before you pass judgment on an entire group of people already vilified by the ignorant masses.

I realize my own bias here and have refrained in this letter from getting on my soapbox to extol the virtues of a lifestyle I fiercely believe in. Why, when I have such an opportunity? Because that will discredit all the points I have made in criticizing this article, just as Barbarella’s obvious bias has discredited her whole article.

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High School Algebra

This concerns today’s Reader, Holy Thursday, April 9. Page 54, on the left side of the page there’s an advertisement the full height of the page. San Diego Access Care. “Women 25–55…suffering???” It concerns uterine fibroids. And in the middle of the ad it says something that makes no sense at all. It says, “…you may have uterine fibroids. 3 in 4 women do. 80% affected are African American. Hispanics 2nd at risk.”

Okay, just high school algebra. Let X equal the number of women in the universe. Three-quarters of them have uterine fibroids. So you have three-fourths of X. Okay, 80 percent of them are African American. Okay, 0.8 times three-fourths of X. That is equal to 60 percent of X; 60 percent of X equals Y. Y is African-American women with uterine fibroids. So, in other words, that’s saying 60 percent of all the women in the universe are African-American women with uterine fibroids. There’s something screwy about that ad.

Name Withheld
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Focus On Fear

I would like to say that your recent article about Tijuana is nothing more than attempting to sensationalize the problems at the border (“Mommy, Why Are They Shooting at Us Again?” Cover Story, April 2). At a time when the Mexican government is making huge arrests, seizures, and working cohesively, you choose to focus instead on some overly dramatized fear.

What you should instead focus on is the true unwillingness of the U.S. to deal with their own problems of gun dealing and drug addiction.

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julieinthetulies April 19, 2009 @ 12:43 p.m.

As a fellow Vegan I'd like to respond to Erin's letter (April 15, 2009) The Peaceful Vegan. Erin you weakened your whole piece by writing: "I actively choose not to judge people based on really insignificant things like what they eat..." Erin why are you a Vegan? There is NO insignificant reason for choosing a Vegan lifestyle! Either you do it for the great health benefits, and/or you do it as a protest against the truly abysmal treatment (read torture) of animals used in food production. Both of these reasons are significant! Because we Vegans are outnumbered it's important we make it clear we do it for good reasons. If people are uncomfortable with us where food is being served. It's their problem! This doesn't make us "judgemental" of them. They are where they are, we are where we are. I'd rather be where you and I are Erin.

Julie San Marcos


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