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Nov. 11, 1999

Don't compromise faith 'accepting' others' sin

I read with interest David Irvin's article regarding intolerance. I believe he has bought into a lie.

When Jesus went to the sinners, to the oppressed, to the prostitutes, He did not go to say to them, 'I accept everything that you are doing, and how you seek your spiritual fulfillment is your choice, you can believe anything you want to believe, do anything you want to do, and by the way, mind if I join in on your fun?'

If Jesus had said this, the world would look on Jesus as a very kind, humanitarian, tolerant man. But to Jesus, tolerance was not the issue. Love was. Love still is.

I can love a homosexual as Christ loves him, but Christ did not find the behavior of a homosexual acceptable. How do we know?

His apostle said so. Our purpose is to show that person the better way to live that God the Father has provided.

I am not tolerant of women preachers, because the Bible says that women are not to be in a position of authority over a man in a church.

Sorry that's not politically correct, but it is the truth. I do love those who feel differently, but I do not accept what they teach because it is against Scripture.

Satan would love for us to tolerate everything in this world, because that's a path that takes us farther and farther away from God's perfect will. The challenge for Christians is to recognize this for the lie that it is, and realize that love is the real answer.

Chris Curry

International Studies '99

Use Veterans Day to honor 'the brave'

America is the land of milk and honey. Others have sacrificed to give us the freedoms we so easily take for granted.

My father served in Vietnam not because he wanted to, but because his country called, and he answered.

My great grandfather, a Baylor alumnus, served in WWII as a doctor to help our cause, not because he had to, but because he felt it was the right thing to do.

Do we have that kind of devotion for our country?

I'm proud to be an American and I would like to encourage you to take this day, Veteran's Day, to remember those who have given their lives to maintain our freedom.

Laura Bedwell

Communication Science,

Disorders '00

BU milks students through ticketing

College is a time to learn, grow and have fun, right? Well along with that comes the endless bills, tests and all of the university's red tape not to mention those parking tickets. There are vandalisms and thefts, along with many other criminal acts being committed each day at this college campus, and what is being done about it?

This is not meant to be a bashing letter, but I do feel strongly about an issue I am sure that the majority of the students at this campus feel strongly about: The parking -- or lack of -- and the parking fines!

Why are the DPS officers wasting time ticketing students that park their car in a student 'permit only' spots if the student is either running a report into class or just doing something that is part of their daily lives? Keep in mind that the violator of this terrible crime of parking in the school parking lot has already paid literally thousands of dollars to attend this school; a school where honor is the code, and kindness is found everywhere except from the parking ticketers.

What is the reason for this absurd fine? Is this school so money hungry that it is willing to ignore the other criminal and mischievous acts to get a few extra dollars on a lame parking ticket. I think this is ridiculous.

All day I see the DPS officers or the parking patrol delivering those little white and red slips. It is my understanding that parking in the 'decal only' zone is a violation of school policy, but where are all of the visitor parking spots? This must be the only university that has 1 visitor parking spot for every 2000 students. Personally, I feel that this is ridiculous.

This is not a poor school, but whoever is in charge of the parking at this school is greedy. Sure you can contest the ticket but of course that costs another $10 so what if you lose? Now you're out even more. This is ridiculous and detracts from the school's core.

All the parking ticket does is upset all of those students that question what all of their tuition goes for. It doesn't cover book fees, food, lab charges or anything else relevant. The money covers merely lectures.

There are roughly 14,000 students at this school and if each student pays a bear minimum of $12,000 just for tuition, then that adds up to roughly $168 million. Do you ever wonder where that money goes?

Shawn Polak

Engineering '02