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Nov. 5, 1998

All right, children, can we simmer down for a moment? First of all, in response to the Baylor Democrats' claim that neither Young Conservatives of Texas nor College Republicans will debate them, I say: check the answering machine. YCT has been attempting to schedule a debate with you since early September.

From a different angle, I am a senior YCT member and a moderately conservative Republican. That does not mean that I subscribe to all of the beliefs that my fellow conservatives do. I can honestly sit back and say that, 'Yes, I believe that we have an extremely immoral president. Yes, I personally believe that he is guilty of both perjury and obstruction of justice. Yes, I personally believe that he should be impeached.'

However, I am not the judge and jury. I don't get to make the laws of this great nation, nor am I the one who is called to enforce them. We (YCT) were quoted in an article earlier this semester as saying that this is a country of laws, not public opinion. If this is truly what we believe, what we stand for, a country that rests its cornerstone on a constitution of laws and freedoms, then why do we contradict ourselves? We go on record as being all for law, and then we seek to circumvent that law by prodding the public to deem itself judge, jury, and executioner.

We tell the general public that they should see Clinton as immoral, but they can't or won't see that on their own. Perhaps some people have become apathetic because this is all dragging on forever and they are tired of listening to everyone's self-righteous opinions. We all think we are in the right; we all think we have the problem solved. If only Ken Starr would call each of us individually we could have had all of this worked out in a day or two. Well, guess what folks: we couldn't. That's why they pay Starr the big bucks and we're all starving college students.

Don't get me wrong, I love a healthy debate just as much as any political activist, but this one is stale. Time for a new subject, time for a fresh idea, time for The Lariat to get letters to the editor that people actually want to read. Get over it folks, they're investigating, they'll eventually come up with a ruling, and nothing you or I say will speed up the process.

All any of us should really be doing is praying that justice, whatever she may be, will be served and that God will continue to bless this nation.

Jessica Barton

Journalism / Political Science '99

I really enjoyed Parents Weekend at Baylor on Oct. 10, and, of course, the football team's comeback victory over Kansas in the fourth quarter.

What I didn't enjoy was all those empty seats in the south endzone. Wouldn't it be a nice gesture to extend an invitation to all our soldiers stationed at Fort Hood to fill that part of our stadium?

I'm looking forward to Homecoming on Saturday, and a crowd of 'Army Green' under our scoreboard would be a beautiful sight.

Ben Hagins

BBA Economics '70

In regard to Wendy Worsham's response to my letter Oct. 23rd concerning the Christian Right's responsibility, or lack thereof, for the death of Matthew Shepard, I would like to express my most sincere apologies for her misinterpretation of my intent. I have now received a number of e-mails and a letter has been published, all of them assuming that I am a hate-driven extremist that believes all homosexuals should die. I assure you, if you are among those who believe this, that I am not.

I would hope that instead of reading into a letter people would simply read it for what it is. My letter was not an attack on homosexuals. On the contrary, it was a defense of the Christian Right, exonerating them of the charges of fueling hate toward those who choose to live a homosexual lifestyle. In it I did condemn the lifestyle, but never did I condemn the people.

Now, as to Worsham's assumption that I know nothing about the group, I teach cheerleading camps during the summers with a company based out of Dallas. I work with more homosexuals than she has probably ever met, and though they may be nice people--and many I consider friends--it still does not change the fact that the lifestyle is wrong. Jesus may have never said, 'Thou shalt not be gay,' but he also didn't give us the Ten Commandments, which are found in the Old Testament along with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, wherein lies the display of God's disapproval for this kind of lifestyle.

In the future I would hope that before writing letters questioning my Christianity and beliefs, those who choose to do so would first look at their own.

Christianity is based on the Bible--not just the New Testament, but the whole Bible. It is no one's responsibility to pick and choose what they feel best fits their own purposes, or makes their choices easier to stomach.

What's wrong is wrong. It always has been and always will be. I'll leave you with two wonderful quotes, first 'Love the sinner, but hate the sin' and 'First take the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your brother's.'

Christopher Fisher

Marketing / Management '00

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