"Branding
Christianity
" by John Whitehead is confusing. (See River
Cities' Reader
Issue 699,
August 27-September 2, 2008.)

In
the first place, Rick Warren is not "America's pastor." There
is no "America's pastor" any more than there is "America's
rabbi" or "America's imam." If we could get that straight,
perhaps our presidential candidates would not feel like they have to
"pander" to us. Rick Warren is a nice guy, but he is not "the
future of Christianity in America." We have thousands of spiritual
leaders in our country. A few of them are brilliant and/or
charismatic. Most of them are simply faithful and hard-working. We
should listen to them, study our own sacred texts, and, yes, "speak
truth to power."

Second,
PEACE is not an acronym. Mr. Warren's initiatives are good; may he
and they prosper. But "peace" is the strongest word in every
language. It is about how we live together on our tiny planet. It is
not about something vaguely nice in the dim future; it is about how
we plan, how we talk, how we listen, how we spend our wealth now, so
that we can even have a future.

There
are people who love war and violence, and there are many more who
just enjoy how they can get rich from it or feel powerful. But the
great majority of the world's people only long for peace; they only
want to live in security and justice, to raise their children, and to
help each other build and not destroy. This is the truth that we must
speak to those who have power, and to those who have lost all hope:
We are by far the majority of the world's people, and we only want
peace.

 

Dorothea
Buck

Davenport

 

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Internet
Provides More Fairness Than the Government

The
obvious discrimination against Ron Paul's campaign was pretty
obvious this year, but to mandate what a station puts on the air goes
against what even Paul believes in. (See "The Thing That Would Not
Die
," River Cities' Reader
Issue 700, September 3-9, 2008.) You can find plenty of independent
news sources on the Web; and as more people realize the biased nature
of the big news corps, they will naturally gravitate to these
sources.

Freedom
of the Internet is more important than government-dictated fairness
anywhere.

 

DaddySteve

From
the Reader
Web site

 

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Enamored
with Communism

I'm
glad to see that well-off college students, in the freedom of the
United States of America, still are enamored with communism and
dictatorships. (See "Fact Vs. Misinformed Philosophy," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 700,
September 3-9, 2008.)

 

Mark

From
the Reader
Web site

 

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The
CIA Kool-Aid

Mark,
you are the very type of person this piece was meant to set straight,
and has obviously failed, not because the author is incapable, but
because you are willfully ignorant. This isn't communism or
dictatorship by any stretch of the imagination. Everything Chávez
does is ratified and approved - not only by the Venezuela
parliament, but by the people.
They've got more democracy down there than you have in your
mother's basement, so put down the CIA Kool-Aid and wake up. Better
still, go on down there and ask around - outside
the rich neighborhoods, that is. The rich down there are just as
deluded as you.

 

Bina

From
the Reader
Web site

 

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