Rally Killer

No-show 'Stros: Praise the Lord! Someone else who thinks Roger Clemens is an arrogant -- though talented -- asshole! Enjoyed your take on the Astros season ["Curses Again," by Richard Connelly, October 28].

The so-called Astros rally on October 25 confirmed my suspicions that they couldn't give a rat's ass about their fans. I skipped lunch along with 2,000 other people, some of whom took their kids out of school, and stood in the heat for what? Four lousy Astros? Where was the love? Clemens and several other players live in Houston, but I guess it would have been too big a hassle to change their tee time and attend the rally. All they had to do was stand there for an hour and receive adulation from people who coughed up a lot of dough for season tickets, playoff games, outrageously expensive beer, etc. -- and who actually believed in them, for chrissakes!

I wasn't the only one disappointed by the poor turnout, but I was indignant enough to e-mail the Astros to complain. I wonder how many others raised similar hell.

Lisa Garvin

Beantown hex: I'd rather wait on the Astros' bandwagon than wait on Boston's!

I predict a new Boston curse: doubled, to 172 years. They'll be lucky to win another World Series by 2176 -- fitting for the quadricentennial of the United States. You can tell Captain Kirk I said so.

W. Malloy

Aero heads: Finally, someone in Houston who hasn't strayed from sanity and can tell it like it is.

The fair-weather-fan attitude has never been more evident as it was this baseball postseason. Give me a break! I'm a Pittsburgh transplant and still manage to support our suck baseball team. No wonder Houston is on its second professional football team.

Don't get me wrong, I support Houston's sports franchises by attending games, although I'm not an Astros, Texans or Rockets fan, never have been. Aeros, now that's a different story, but Houston still has a lot to learn about hockey. It's funny how many "fans" show up on bobblehead nights, though!

Actually, I hope it doesn't leak out that the Aeros are the best bang for the buck because the true fans and season ticket holders know what the fair-weathers are missing. Kudos for your article, and shame on Houston's fair-weathers!

Sean Phillips

Good and Gay

Relationship ways: To the confused "fella" in "The Reorient Express" [by Craig Malisow, October 14]: You are quoted as saying you haven't had a relationship yet with a female, but you hope it would be a wonderful part of life. And your experience with gay sex was always "What can I get out of it?" Could that be because you're kind of self-involved? I'm not judging, just reading between the lines.

And how can you believe that heterosexual sex is all that if you haven't had it yet? Sweetheart, if you're still questioning yourself, how do you know you aren't just flat-out gay? Denial is such a bitch, we know.

We know many saved and monogamous homosexuals. Not every homosexual parties all night and sleeps around, like not every heterosexual does. You have control over that. Because you wound up drunkenly, immaturely and prematurely sleeping with a man is no reason to say homosexuality is wrong.

As lesbians, we are sick and tired of everyone who tries to deny us our right to life, equality, religion and Christ because they can't understand us. Exodus sounds more like a cult trying to brainwash people into believing their homosexuality can be changed with a snap of the fingers. In certain situations, people grow up thinking their abuse is a normal way of life, and that is why they are homosexual. That thinking is wrong and distorted. You might just need professional help to get to the root of the abuse.

Homosexuality is not a choice. Who the hell would choose to be bashed, prejudiced against, hated and told we're doomed to hell?

No one in their right mind would "choose" pain like that. As partners, we were outraged at the Exodus. We are created in the image of Christ as the way He/She chose for us to be. God loves us the way we are. By the way, how the hell exactly is homosexuality like adultery?

Arnita and Jennifer Rojas-Seals

Proud of his preference: There is no doubt that the exploitation of fear in an already marginalized sector of our society is an effective way of recruiting people to "trade in their sex life for eternal life." Just look at how Islamic jihad, Hamas and Abu Nidal exploit the weakness, suffering, depravation and ignorance of others to sacrifice their lives for eternal sex. Note: There's always sex in the equation somewhere.

Parasites thrive on the desperation and vulnerability of others, and organizations like the Exodus Ministry are no different. Gay Americans have every right to feel honored to be who they are, and organizations like Exodus should be routinely exposed for perpetuating discrimination and fanning the flames of hatred and ignorance. If a gay person is having conflicts about his sexual orientation, he should seek the aid of a psychiatric professional, not a faith healer, witch doctor or "ministry" with keys to the Pearly Gates passing out flyers on Montrose and Westheimer.

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