In his response to the article about St. Timothy's Episcopal Church (April 13), Michael Arata missed the point by a country mile. At St. Timothy's it's not about "homosexualism and same-sex unions." When we look at the ministry and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, we recognize a constant and consistent theme: Love one another. We are working to build a community whose corporate life is based on that theme. This means that at St. Timothy's anyone and everyone seeking to experience God's love, mercy and power to heal is welcome. Furthermore, we believe that the issue is not simply one of hospitality, or even tolerance, but is rather fundamentally one of justice.
As for the two remarkable women Mr. Arata so carelessly demeans, they are a blessing to this parish and we are learning a lot about the nature of God through the gifts and ministry they so generously offer in this place.
(The Rev.)Steven Strane, Danville
'Muddying the moral waters'
In your April 27 issue, Alyson Colton, "extremely disturbed to see the rantings of Michael Arata," offered no examples, contextual or even fragmentary.
Apparently, Colton wants to censor commentary regarding the irony of an Episcopal Church, dedicated to St. Timothy, now celebrating homosexualism. St. Paul appended Timothy's own salutation in a letter warning of consequences for homosexual goings-on (Romans 1:26-27).
I wrote also (April 20) of the terrible medical problems attending homosexual activity, the false compassion exhibited in supporting demonstrably harmful behaviors, and the politics behind de-listing homosexual inclinations as disorders.
And I addressed the irrationality of supporting unhealthy same-sex addictions (while discouraging others, such as alcoholism or smoking) - i.e., the politically correct foolishness displayed by the school and district which Colton serves as a booster, and the church she attends and now praises.
Homosexual strategists Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill recommended such "desensitization" in 1987 ("The Overhauling of Straight America," Guide Magazine, Seattle, re-posted at www.article8.org/docs/gay_strategies/overhauling.htm). They advised homosexualists to "muddy the moral waters" when scheming to replicate secular humanist successes in normalizing divorce and abortion.
Among other tactics, that meant "publicizing support for gays by more moderate churches," undermining "the moral authority of homophobic churches by portraying them as antiquated backwaters," and getting "tough with remaining opponents" by having them "vilified" as "ranting homophobes."
Paraphrasing an Army officer's remarks about the military: The Episcopal Church USA used to consider homosexual activity impermissible; then it became optional. Many are leaving now, before it becomes mandatory.
Michael Arata, Danville
Exercise caution eating fish
We recently did a pollution paper for our eighth-grade science class at the Athenian School on mercury pollution in fish. After doing our project we became very concerned that people know so little about mercury pollution. We surveyed numerous adults and students around our school and community and found out that though many people knew that mercury was deadly for your health, very few had any idea it was in their seafood.
Mercury pollution has increased alarmingly over the years, affecting the environment, animals and human life. Overexposure to mercury is a danger mostly for pregnant women and young children but also for adults. Fish is a very important part of a balanced diet and being aware of your mercury intake and monitoring your daily consumption of fish can limit mercury pollution of the body.
Burning fossil fuels makes excess mercury, which includes gas and coal. To slow the making of man-made mercury you can use your car less (which will help the environment in more ways than one), don't use a coal-burning stove, research where the products you buy come from so you don't buy from coal-burning factories, limit buying fluorescent light bulbs (they contain small amounts of mercury), and conserving oil and coal.
We were hoping that you could publish this in your editorial section or do an article on the dangers of mercury in fish. Thank you for reading and please pass this information along.
Susan Blick, Abby Klinkenberg, Gabby Brody