In last week's issue, art director Adam Vieyra mistakenly credited Roberto “Mooncricket” Lopez for a photo of musician Dani Shivers. The credit should have gone to Luis Garcia. We apologize to Mr. Lopez and Mr. Garcia.
Also, in his story “Through the haze,” Dave Maass reported that 10 times more crime occurs within 500 feet of the Gila Rut Aveda Salon, operated by U.S. attorney Laura Duffy's wife, than a nearby building housing multiple marijuana collectives. It was actually closer to nine times. We regret the error.
Decker fell for it
Ed Decker's otherwise fine column “What if Mormons were mainstream and Christians the fringe?” [“Sordid Tales,” Oct. 19] was tainted by one line: “Christianity is the religion upon which this country was founded.”
He likely meant “Christianity was the majority religion when this country was founded.” Unfortunately, it says this country—which implies government, Constitution, laws, etc.—was founded on a religion, and that religion is Christianity. Bullshit!
The Founding Fathers (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Franklin, Paine, et al.) were overwhelmingly Deist—not Christian. Despite right-wing revisionism and easily duped Americans, our Founders were by and large respectfully dismissive of most Christian doctrine. Read their writings. Then read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution: the word “god” is not mentioned once; nor is “Jesus,” “Bible” or “Christian.” Our government, Constitution, laws, etc., are not founded on religion. Our country is secular; the majority of Americans are Christian. Big difference.
Decker's statement reflects a history of conservative revisionism asserting the Christian nation myth—attempting to force their anti-equal rights, anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-science, anti-anything progressive “values” on everyone. And what more justification is needed than if we're “a Christian nation”? Very little. As stupid as Americans have repeatedly proven themselves to be, the majority will never accept a theocracy. Education, wealth and greed always, over time, trump religion. Just ask the Iranians.
Still, religious kooks and their pandering politicians perpetuate this revisionist crap, and it's disturbing when someone of Decker's caliber falls for it. Watch them grab that line and proudly rub whosever nose they can find in it. “See, even Ed Decker—that raging liberal, atheist, gay-loving, tree-hugger—admits our country was founded on Christianity!” Excuse me now while I vomit.
Rick Chiszar, University Heights
Criticizing your own leaders
Wow. I'm a long time reader of CityBeat and a hardcore right-winger. The fact that you would speak approvingly of a Republican mayoral candidate at all is truly shocking and encouraging. Perhaps the voice of reason, or at least the willingness to listen, has broken through the blind party lines.
Bob Filner sucks and has for quite awhile.
Now, I know I'm just now guilty of what I've in the past accused Dems of, but maybe we're getting to the true heart of American politics, which is true compromise for the greatest good to the greatest number of people. This requires ideas from both sides. No one party has all the answers.
In short, great opening page that shows promise and sets an example for ideologues everywhere. This is the right attitude we all should have. We all need to call our own party leaders on their B.S. Refreshing.
Justin McGlynn, La Mesa
Editor's note: Just to clarify, CityBeat on numerous occasions has written favorably of Republicans and disapprovingly of Democrats.