Christian churches come a long gay way
I would like to thank
you for your article on homosexuals and Toronto churches (NOW, September 7-13). While most articles in other newspapers are blatantly "religion-bashing," I appreciated how your article stressed how far the church has come in accepting homosexuals as well as reminding everyone how far the church still has to go.
Holy and homosexual right down in Parkdale
Great article but just a
minor inaccuracy. Of the remaining United churches, many more than five are lesbigay- and transgender- positive. It's just that not all have opted for the "process" that Bloor Street has undertaken.
For example, we in Parkdale -- at Emmanuel Howard Park United, to be exact -- are proudly lesbigay- and transgender-positive (and doubled our attendance last year). Let's hear it for Parkdale! Thanks for noticing what's happening, though!
Rev. Cheri DiNovo
Imams should practise what they preach
Regarding the letter Muslims Have A Right To Speak On Public Ed (NOW, August 31-September 6), it is probably stating the obvious but the vile hypocrisy is enough to make the blood boil.
The writers begin by screeching that a previous NOW article attacks and denigrates Muslims and demand the right to the democratic process. Fair enough.
Then they conclude that homosexuality is perverted behaviour, wrong and "requires strong corrective measures." If they demand dignity and democracy, they might try practising it.
They arrogantly claim to be scholars with superior knowledge of "the laws of God and nature." The ignorance of their letter proves that their claims couldn't be further from the truth.
Wake up, tolerant T.O., there's trouble afoot
As a mature gay male, born in Canada, taxed to death and enjoying the few hard-fought freedoms gay and lesbian people enjoy here, my first thought is to tell the three Islamic theologians to fuck off. What are the "strong corrective measures" they advocate for homosexual behaviour -- the ones they use in Saudi Arabia?
Where the hell are all the leading gay organizations in this city, like Metropolitan Community Church? They should be kicking up all hell over the growing presence of cruel and intolerant groups who have no fear of spitting straight in the face of the 20th century and all the advancements made in Canada for all its diverse groups.
The Christian Church has slowly learned that it could not dominate our diverse country and the desire of many Canadians to live so-called secular lives. Wake up, Toronto, wake up, gay people. There's more trouble brewing.
11:37 pm - I wonder why they print tripe
11:19 pm I arrive home to my studio at the corner of Bloor and Lansdowne.
11:37 I read NOW's article Out There Zone by Nicholas Garrison (NOW, September 7-13). The diary-style article is rife with innuendo and paranoia. There's no reporting there. The reporter seems to be xenophobic and insecure. I get a creepy-crawly feeling as I wonder why NOW runs such vacuous tripe.
12:01 I open the small packet I picked up on the street. I smile as I take off my tribal skirt and go to bed.
Canadian workers need Canadian unions
Once upon a time the
leaders of the Canadian Autoworkers were forced to bow their heads to the so-called American leadership.
The CAW is now independent and its leadership put the Canadian Labour Congress on the world map. Today, we have a problem in the Canadian labour movement (NOW, August 31-September 6) and this problem is a direct result of American capitalism. Canada is a free country and its workers should be free to join a Canadian union.
First they decide and then they consult
Unfortunately, the coverage by Scott Anderson of the Metro Labour Council leadership's banning socialist alternative candidate Wendy Forrest and her supporters from marching in the Labour Day parade (NOW, September 7-13) gives half the story.
For starters, Linda Torney is claiming the council is "in the process of endorsing another candidate." I guess labour council endorsements for Torney are something she likes to announce before there is a debate, discussion and vote.
The real issue, however, is that Torney will find it difficult to explain how the labour council leaders can back candidates like Pam McConnell who vote for increased funds to business and the police at the same time as city workforce cuts, which means more work for less pay for CUPE members.
Seems most labour leaders these days spend more of their time attacking socialists and expelling autoworkers than fighting the Tories.
What's in pizza besides a telephone number?
Am I the only reader
who thinks that it is utterly unbelievable that Pizza Pizza for the last several years has won the readers poll and been named best pizza?
I believe that most of the readers, like myself, should know the difference between best and easiest. If you were to ask which pizza is the most convenient or which pizza is delivered fastest or which pizza phone number is the easiest to remember, then I would understand all these votes coming in for the biggest pizza conglomerate.
However, the question you ask is simply, who makes the best pizza? A lot of your readers live in the Annex, for instance, where plenty of good pizza exists.
In fact, I'm sure that Amato, Pizza Gigi, Cora Pizza and Papa Ceo all get votes in the best pizza category, but just not as many as Pizza Pizza. Do some readers think this NOW best-of poll is merely a word association game?
Maybe Weezer didn't have day free for you
It's starting to piss me
off how much you guys hate Weezer (NOW, September 7-13) for not sucking media dick every time they swing by Toronto. Recalling the Pinkerton review of years past and Kim Hughes's reference to Weezer as "the poor man's Sloan," I feel it's pretty apparent there's a lot more at work here than the music.
The fans know you're still pissed at Weezer for blowing you off the last couple of media rounds and being complete assholes to you. But hey, since when did every band that got somewhere have to all of a sudden be nice to you guys? Not everyone can be Sloan and chum around with you for a whole day and let you stick around for dinner and drinks.
Panned film gives us a glimpse of God
your MOVIE review for Bless The Child (NOW, August 17-23) left me completely shocked and disgusted.
I saw the movie and was inspired by the almost tangible reality of the world beyond our sight.
If a movie can do that for people, and for even two hours awaken within them a feeling of a greater realm at play with our own, a glimpse of God, how can you bash it and convince people through your review not to experience it?
And to say that it was worse than End Of Days is frustrating to read. Can we all just do our little parts to see that people get what they need? Do you realize that you have the power to either persuade or dissuade the hordes of hungry people in their choice of films?
Can we at least try to preserve what is good --what is actually portraying a positive message -- within our culture?