A Very Civil Letter that Nonetheless Mentions “A Lie Straight From the Devil”I am writing in response to an article I read recently concerning the church’s stand against gay relationships (“We’re All Gay Now,” Where I Come From, March 7). I am a churchgoer and stand with all others that are against the idea based on the word of God. In addition to that is the word of God speaking against it, I am against it because I don’t see any difference in their relation than one that I might have with a male outside of one fact. They can love each other, spend quality time with each other, they can fight with each other, etc. One reason I often think they may give is because the relationships are different, I can get along better with someone of the same sex. That’s a lie straight from the Devil. All relationships have problems, you just have to weather the storms or seek other shelter. With regards to church and those that are members within it, they have the same problem, and if they choose to allow God to help them he can bring them out of the situation. It‘s their choice not ours, or even God’s. He doesn’t force himself on anyone.
Weed Will Rock YouJulia Dietz, wake up and smell the coffee (“A Perpetrator-less Crime?” The Mail, March 7). It’s not the ’60s anymore! Jeremy Landsman successful entrepreneur, philanthropist? Like it or not Ms. Dietz, until the laws change, Mr. Landsman is just your average run-of-the-mill DRUG DEALER. Does anyone even smoke pot anymore?
Editor Lee Gardner responds: Jeremy Landsman has been charged with drug-related crimes, but he has not been convicted of any of them.
I agree with Julia Dietz’s letter to the editor advocating decriminalization of marijuana. The ills associated with drug abuse stem entirely from the black market in which it resides. Government laws against drug use by adults are fundamentally restrictions on one’s right to their own life and, as such, have no place in a country founded on the inviolability of individual rights. Would that advocates of Prohibition study the example of Portugal, in which decriminalization has resulted in falling rates of addiction and crime.
Mis-guidedI’m very disappointed in the dining guide’s omission of Jack and Zachs Food at 333 N. Charles St. They make a fantastic breakfast and lunch, and it pains me to see one of Baltimore’s more unique startup restaurants not get mention in the city’s dining guide.
Please give them a mention in your next issue.
For the past few years there has been no representation for West Baltimore cafes and restaurants in the EAT pub. Why is this? Area of questioning Carey Street to Charles Street, Washington Boulevard/Raven Stadium to Frederick Street. There are very good places to dine and relax throughout the year.
Another Buddhist for Marriage EqualityI have been personally pleased at how our governor has grown in maturity now that he has signed the Marriage Equality Act into law. However, I suppose there will be an inevitable drive by some churches (in the loosest possible meaning of the word) that will petition to have this hard-won right put to a vote in hopes that some “tyranny of the majority Bible-believers” will rip out that right and continue this “religious”-based discrimination as the law of the land (“It’s Not Over,” Feature, Feb. 29).
Well, I practice Buddhism. It is my bedrock belief that everyone can reach enlightenment as they are, from within, under their own power, and without changing the gist of who they are as human beings. Right now, the law of the land requires I have to consider all children of same-sex parents as illegitimate for life by government mandate as well as their parents as somehow incapable of achieving full legal adulthood.
Excuse me, but I believe slapping such sanctions over a whole people, particularly those that have never set foot in your church, is the true moral evil. But if I don’t speak out about this, then I would be committing the sin of omission as well as letting my tax dollars be used to enforce a statute that annihilates my deeply held beliefs to uphold yours. In other words, nothing less than a state-mandated religious tax that funds one sect’s will over everyone else. This is not simply true for my fellow Buddhists, but Muslims, Hindus, Jews, nonbelievers, and even some of our fellow Christians who sincerely believe it is not right to ostracize groups who do not live lockstep with one pundit’s strict social ideas. I’d love to make myself available to talk about this to other groups should the need arise. To all our soon-to-be same-sex newlyweds, I will be with you every step of the way.
Erase Me NotThank you for the article, “Seen and Heard: An Exhibition and Panel Discussion Celebrate a Gold Mine of Local Civil Rights History” (Feature, Feb 22). As a black American, I have not been to the Maryland Historical Society. Frankly, I did not think that there would be any history about black people there.
I know that a lot of black history has happened here in Baltimore, but I have always gone to places in Baltimore where I was assured that black history would be housed: the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art (at Morgan State University), the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
The first lines of “If We Forget” by Ja Jahannes read, “If we forget/ who will keep the dream?/ Who will celebrate?” I, Larnell Custis Butler, Afrocentric feminist, will never forget my black history. To do so means to have chosen to forget myself. I chose to be present in America, and counted in America whether or not you chose to ignore me as a piece of shameful history, which I will never walk to be.
Larnell Custis Butler
Editor’s note: Time for lights, camera, action. City Paper’s fourth annual Shoot. Score. Baltimore short-film contest is now accepting entries, so if you have a short (7 minutes or less) film, or an idea for one and the moxy to pull it off by the May 18 deadline, you could be one of the finalists who gets a shot at the $500 cash grand prize or some other worthy laurel. And mark your calendars: The annual screening bash/award ceremony will take place May 30 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Visit citypaper.com/shortfilmcontest for the full rules and entry form.