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October 24, 2000
Re the Middle East: There is no danger in believing in God. The danger is in believing he is on your side if you happen to be a Christian, Jew or Muslim. MAX ENFIELD Camarillo
September 27, 1985
By citing Mikhail Gorbachev's mention of "God on High," and calling on Ronald Reagan to call his bluff at the summit, Father Regis Combs (Letters, Sept. 13) has given us a graphic example of the awful gap of misunderstanding that exists between our two countries. The members of the Soviet political hierarchy have always been completely candid about their atheism. We might recall the U-2 spy plane flap when Nikita Khrushchev stated "Before God, my hands are clean." His staff made it quite clear at that time that the use of God's name in an ethical statement was merely a figure of speech in the modern Russian idiom.
August 20, 2008
Re "As gas prices soared, he filled up with prayer," Aug. 14 It is moments like these that you begin to wonder where sanity ends and delirium begins. To believe God would tend his concerns toward the price of oil is preposterous. Surely God, previously, kept gas prices low so God-fearing people would be more wasteful in their driving and spew more pollutants into the air to kill more of his loyal subjects more quickly than they would otherwise have. Time to pray for an improved catalytic converter, I suppose, to cover the period before the prayers for a fuel-cell car have been fully answered.
September 7, 2000
Re the overuse of God and Jesus by Joseph Lieberman and George W. Bush (letters, Aug. 31): The term "god" is inclusive and encompassing. Other religions can refer to their deity by a different name. Bush refers continually to Jesus and had declared a date as Jesus Day in Texas. This violates the doctrine of separation of church and state. Both men refer to either God or Jesus too frequently. They have, by now, convinced us that they are men of faith and we can assume they have the qualities of justice and morality that faith engenders.
April 7, 1991
Because the understanding of history by American reactionaries does not reach back much further than 1776, they fail to realize that Renaissance (or traditional) humanism was God-centric and otherworldly in the accepted Judeo-Christian sense. Evidently, Garrity feels humanism and secularism are quite the same thing. Historically speaking, I must disagree. The secular-humanist, in fact, is a critter that cannot exist by traditional definitions. JOHN ALAN WALKER Big Pine
June 1, 2000
Why all the fuss about Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's remark that Japan is "a divine nation with the emperor at its center" (May 27)? Have we forgotten "one nation under God" (U.S. Pledge of Allegiance) and President Thomas Jefferson's statement, "The sacred rights of mankind . . . are written by the hand of divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power"? Are divinity and democracy incompatible? CHARLES F. DAY Laguna Niguel
January 5, 1997 | Michael Wilmington
A cleverly calculated fantasy, inventive and sophisticated and, in view of its cosmic material, zestfully unpretentious. As this 1977 movie's clever ads were the first to say, God, in the guise of a peppery oldster played by George Burns, materializes among us and singles out a mild-mannered assistant produce manager, played with an engaging and easy assurance by John Denver (pictured with Teri Garr), to bring his updated message to the world (Disney, Sunday, 10 p.m.).
July 15, 1986
Rabbi Harvey J. Fields certainly wrote a stirring appeal to the clergy and churches of the world (Letters, June 29) concerning the moral imperative "to exert pressure for peaceful solutions in the face of those who insist on the power of the fist, the gun and the bomb . . . ." particularly in South Africa. I would disagree on one point, however. Fields says "the business of religion is to . . . work for the release of the oppressed and the relief of the victimized . . . to crash some sense over the heads of embittered competitive factions."
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