Taking no sides
The article The dispute over homosexual ministers (Religion, May 28) was less than fair to the moderator, Rt. Rev. Clarke MacDonald. His decision not to take sides in the issue has a sound basis which was not covered in the article. The task force report will be the subject of an intense debate at the General Council meeting in August. As moderator, MacDonald will preside over that forum. Any suggestion of bias on the part of the presiding officer would make frank discussion and free argument impossible. If he declares in advance for the report’s recommendations and it passes, nothing will ever persuade the large conservative element in the church that its views had proper weight in the decision. If he declares against the report and it fails, the proponents will be even more disappointed. MacDonald has no choice but to remain outside the ranks of those who have taken a declared position.
—NORMAN T. SHEPHERD, Toronto
Pornography vs. censorship
Regarding Barbara Amiel’s temper tantrum on feminists (Pornography as a feminist tool, Column, June 11): the mind boggles that anyone could think that female outrage at violent pornography is a feminist conspiracy to “permeate. .. the arts. . . as a tool for feminist propaganda to remake the values of this society.” I think sensible people want porn purveyors and film and television producers to act responsibly; we do not favor censorship. I feel saddened that Amiel should so misunderstand feminism that she believes we would ban a
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program showing a happy, traditional marriage. -LINDA SILVER DRANOFF,
Barbara Amiel’s article on pornography was sensitively thought through. The temptation to cite works to heavily favor only one side of the argument is strong. But whether the issue is feminism, ordaining homosexuals or pornography, if the decision is based on faulty scholarship, everyone loses.
—REV. D. PAUL CRITTENDEN,
In A truce in screen wars (Television, June 18) there were some mistakes about the First Choice/Superchannel proposal to rationalize general interest pay television in Canada. You stated that Jon Sian was Ontario vice-president of First Choice Communications Corp.; he is not and never was an employee of First Choice, -DAVID NOVEK, Public relations consultant, First Choice, Montreal
In Aftermath of Vengeance (Publishing, June 11) you state that “in 1978 Avner claimed that he and the only other survivor of his team were summoned back into service 18 months after they had disbanded on good terms, in order to help Israeli commandos carry out the celebrated raid on Entebbe Airport in Uganda.” The raid on Entebbe Airport occurred in 1976. -MICHAEL LAX, Windsor, Ont.
The same old song
Fred Brüning, in Nixon is ready; America is not (An American View, June 4), suggests that Richard Nixon is not as black as he was painted, that he is a man ahead of his time and that he would be of value in U.S. foreign policy. Has Brüning forgotten the secret bombing of Cambodia in March, 1969, and the second secret bombing and the regular raids following in May; the enemies list and the secret surveillance of enemies; undercover methods of harassment and espionage, breaking and entering and wire-tapping without warrants; 17 wire taps on members of the National Security Council and on several newspapermen? What is needed in U.S. foreign policy is not con artists or performers but men with enough courage and character to tell the truth.
—ANN HENRY, Winnipeg
Problems with assets
The May 14 column by Barbara Amiel, Canada and the issue of racism, once again displays her ignorance of the policy and ethic of multiculturalism and displays her narrow-minded approach to Canadian society. What she refuses to understand is that Canada is a country of two official languages and numerous cultures. That is based on the policy of multiculturalism that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced in October, 1971, and that all three parties supported. Amiel should realize multiculturalism more and more is one of our greatest assets, not a problem.
—LAUREANO LEONE, President,
Council of National Ethnocultural Organizations of Canada, Ottawa
A place for politics
When are the politicians going to realize that the only people who really suffer from the “politicalization” of the Olympic Games are the athletes themselves (The tarnished Olympics, Cover, May 21)? The 1976 boycott did nothing to change the racial stance of South Africa; the 1980 boycott by the United States and friends did not convince the Soviets to pull their troops out of Afghanistan. Leave politics out of the Olympics. Let the athletes discover which of them deserve Olympic medals.
—JOHN SPEARMAN, Kingston, Ont.
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