Praying with Perry
Online readers respond to "Prayerapalooza: The Response at Reliant Stadium With Rick Perry and a Packed House," Hair Balls blog, by Craig Hlavaty, August 6:
Good review: Seems pretty well balanced to me (although I will point out that fasting was obviously a suggestion, rather than a requirement, hence the nachos). Thanks for objective coverage! Glad they sent you.
No big deal: Lakewood Church, remember them? Don't they have more people packed in every Sunday at their huge stadium than this rally did? What a kerfuffle over nothing special. There are stadium churches with charismatics and rock bands and sound and light shows all over the USA and parts of South America. So what?
Prayers for Craig: I am so sorry you had to only report any negativity that you saw today, but I feel overall this was a wonderful thing. I am not sure if you are a Christian or not, but I will say a prayer for you. You may have thought you got some laughs, but it was at our Lord's expense. You might want to repent. The bottom line is this country does need an awakening. If you are familiar at all with the Old Testament, you might see a pattern here in this country because of our "turning away from God." It didn't end so well for the nations of the Old Testament. I pray that the Lord will revive our hearts and hear our cries to heal this nation.
Prayers for a reader: It's odd that you would only see the negative aspects of that story. It's actually way more positive — about diversity of the crowd, the speakers, message, etc. — than I would have expected in the Houston Press, and makes me think of Saturday's events in a more positive light.
I know a conservative Christian can probably look at the article and see one thing, while a liberal anti-Perry type can read it and only see something else — everybody likes to play the victim.
But that generally tells you more about the reader than about what is read.
I pray that the Lord will take the chip off your shoulder that has blinded you to the plain meaning of the words you read.
Intent revealed: Houston Press, you obviously promote the approximately 100 protesters' views of hatred against the 30,000 Christians' beliefs and our right to meet as a group — the disproportionate number and highly focused photos of the protesters who attempt to mock God and our beliefs show your intent clearly.
It's interesting that I do not see this type of hateful, mocking and perverse behavior toward any other group except Christians.
A False Accusation
Online readers comment on "If You're Going to Falsely Tell Cops a Guy Sexually Assaulted You, Don't Get Caught on Camera Announcing Your Plans," Hair Balls blog, by Richard Connelly, August 5:
Almost destroyed: Without this recording, this man would have been toast. At an absolute bare minimum, even if innocent, he was facing 12 hours in custody, a humiliating medical exam, his DNA and the accusation on permanent record, a lengthy, aggressive interrogation, suspicion in the community and a really serious charge over his head for a few months. His name would be made public, hers kept anonymous and there would be a good possibility of it going to court. The chances of her being charged if exposed would have been very slim. All on a woman's word, nothing else. Most likely, though, he would have been destroyed.
Real victims exist: I understand and know painfully well that there are innocent people harassed for crimes that they didn't commit. I have seen those victimized by the courts for crimes they didn't commit.
But that doesn't make it in any way acceptable to demean the experiences of those who report violent bodily harm done to them. That's why we have police: to investigate crimes and either build or facilitate the dismissal of charges. If you have a problem with anything, take it up with the actual investigators who pursue false cases.
There are real victims of false accusations, but there are real victims of rape, too. No one is arguing that those who lie to police and prosecutors shouldn't face consequences; there are channels for that.
Whole Foods and Ramadan
Online readers comment on "Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan," Eating...Our Words blog, by Katharine Shilcutt, August 9:
Sigh: What if that "small segment of vocal and angry consumers and bloggers" were pagans demanding the removal of Christmas decorations? I'm pretty sure they would be regarded as nuts and those same bloggers would be demanding that Whole Foods not bow to the pressures of heathens.
A broad brush: You write about "right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas." That's a pretty darn broad brush that you're gleefully painting with. I wasn't familiar with the blogger you linked, and don't agree with her breakdown of the situation at Whole Foods. I'm not sure I'd agree with much of anything this turkey has to say, or how she says it. And I'm a conservative. Very.
And your "hate groups" language is pretty amusing. So a pajama-clad chick blogger that you disagree with is now a "group" bent on proliferating "hate"? Just like the KKK. Riiiiight.
I don't like the positions of a lot of bloggers, news folks or politicians. But I can't remember the last time I threw around the term "hate group." I'd politely offer that you should use that phrase a bit more sparingly than against some bush-league blogger you find loathsome.
Goodbye, Whole Foods: Not that I particularly care whether a store advertises its products to me at Ramadan or any other time with little placards saying "Ramadan item" or "Ramadan sale," or even cute crescents and stars (my bottom line will be price and quality), but this was their practice for items at every other holiday. They started the ad campaign but discontinued it since some people got upset, saying BS like "Ramadan represents terrorism" and that's why it shouldn't be promoted.
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I do think it's their responsibility to be level-headed and stand up for fair and equitable treatment for all of their customers. It seems Whole Foods values a few dollars more than the customer or their integrity. Well, guess what, Whole Foods? I pay with green dollars, too.
And although I don't buy the bulk of my regular groceries from you, I do buy your fair-trade local items and organic products. Today I was about to go buy essential oil. Good thing I saw this article first. I urge people to print it out and take it to the store this week, and explain nicely to the manager what you would have bought today and why you will no longer be a customer if they cannot have the courage to represent and serve you just like everyone else.
My local halal stores provide plenty of local products, too. They are better priced, they need the business and they apparently will respect me more.
My Money Where My Mouth Is