The least among us

As I was reading the review of the movie Deliver Us From evil `May 3` about a pedophile Roman Catholic priest, one of the things that struck me was the observation, "Worse is the relevant church view that pedophilia isn't all that big a deal; a big deal would be homosexual sex between adults."

Not too long ago, when it seemed there was a rash of attacks on homeless people, a homeless advocate quoted Christian scripture, reminding people that Jesus told his followers something like, "That which you do unto the least of you, you do unto me." The point being that if you claim to be a Christian, then if you beat up someone who is homeless, then that's the moral equivalent of beating up Jesus.

Well, it seems to me that when you consider how unable they are to protect themselves, children should be considered the least among us. From the standpoint of Christian theology, morality and ethics, isn't it fair to say that when anyone — especially a man or woman of the cloth — rapes a boy or girl, then that pervert is raping Christ? And what could be worse to a Christian than that, especially when dealing with a priest who raped a boy? But hey, what do I know; I'm not even a Christian.

Russ Mitchell, Orlando

The LYNX life

I want to thank you for your article by Jeffrey C. Billman `"Take the keys," April 19`. I have been living in Orlando without a car for almost two years now, and can easily relate to your story. It is a significant pain in the ass to rely on LYNX buses for a main source of transportation. I live off Goldenrod in east Orange County and work in Winter Park off U.S. 17-92. In order to commute via LYNX bus by 8 a.m. I have many steps and hurdles to jump.

First I would have to get up at 6 a.m. on the dot, no hitting the snooze button. Next shower, shave, get dressed and if I'm lucky eat a bowl of cereal before 6:30 a.m. I have a 20-minute walk to the nearest bus stop from my house. If I'm lucky the bus will be on time.

If a bus runs late, or breaks down, I'm totally screwed. And that's just the morning commute. The afternoon commute takes twice as long. If I leave work at 5 p.m. I won't get home until almost 8 p.m.

After a couple of frustrating months of Orlando's public transportation, I decided to get a bicycle.

Elliot Sumner, Orlando

More theater, please

I'm saddened to see that your theater review columns aren't what they used to be. You used to cover more Orlando theater venues. There have been a lot of good plays that have not been reviewed on your site. You can always freelance theater critics. You should freelance a few. The more reviews, the higher increase in your readership.

Steve Drucker, via the Internet

Protection for all

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and our supporters have always had to fight for everything. We have never been handed any victory. Now we have to fight for punishment to those who might harm us for just being `"What's hate got to do with it?," May 31`.

Many people come to the United States for safety and freedom, yet the people who have lived here all of their lives have to beg and plead for even the most basic rights. We have protected every citizen in the United States except gays.

If someone has the capacity to hurt a person on the basis of sexuality, what makes you think they wouldn't hurt someone else for just being different than themselves?

Now remind me again, why do I pay taxes and allow the United States government to treat me like a second-class citizen?

Patrick Barnette, Orlando


Sometimes we're wrong, sometimes we're stupid. Sometimes we're both. In last week's Happytown™, we referred to Orlando city commissioner Betty Wyman as the former head of Florida Citrus Sports. She isn't. She's a member of the board of directors, as are all city commissioners, in an honorary capacity.

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