Alibi V.27 No.33 • Aug 16-22, 2018 

Letters

Nurture the Seeds

Dear Editor,

While I admire and respect the faith of Mr. Ybarra in his “Letter to America” [v27 i32], I cannot but help but to feel pained by his view of Christianity, God and country, as to me its underlying message is one of exclusiveness and, ironically, something other than “love.” When Mr. Ybarra states that “mankind will be judged by those laws and by the Word of God,” is this the Christian laws and the Christian idea of God or does this also apply to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other spiritual groups laws and views of God? Mr. Ybarra seems to speak to Christianity being the only path to spirituality. A “my way or the highway” approach that excludes the spiritual beliefs of many buenos (including me), let alone the beliefs of more than 2/3 of the world’s population.

While I am no longer a practicing Christian, I am constantly reminded by both my neighbors and things I see in my community that there are many Christians who do not share Mr. Ybarra's exclusive views of Christianity and who embody what it means to be both Christian and loving. When the Christians in my life say “Love Thy Neighbor,” they truly mean all their neighbors, regardless of their neighbors’ thoughts on God. Every time I bike or drive by a certain Christian church, I silently commend their message proudly displayed on a sign composed of many house doors that are the colors of the rainbow welcoming the LGBTQ community and others with the message “God's doors are open to all.” The Christians I know are also unhinged from the conundrum of being both a “true believer” of Christianity and Christ and one that accepts the religious and spiritual beliefs of non-Christians. You can believe in what it says in the Bible and that “Jesus is the son of God” while also, for example, believing that someone else’s following of Mohammed and the Muslim idea of God are also valid. With more Christians like my neighbors, there is indeed hope for America and the world.

Perhaps Mr. Ybarra could benefit from trying to take a larger, more inclusive view of Christianity and reflect on his perspective of religion as it relates to the very diverse city and world in which we live. What he might find is that the love that he professes is now missing in America is just hard to see with blinders on. Its seeds are everywhere, they just need to be encouraged and nurtured.

Peter Nardini

Albuquerque

Voldemort and Viruses

Dear Alibi,

Among friends I began using the phrase “He Who Shall Not Be Named” to refer to our current president. One reason being we were all tired of hearing his name. Another reason is because, like Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, being spoken of, positively or negatively, empowers him.

To make conversation a bit less cumbersome “He Who Shall Not Be Named” was shortened to, “Sin Nombre” (nameless). The reference to a deadly virus, the sin nombre virus, seemed appropriate. The fact that the virus is spread through the inhalation of rodent excreta makes it an appropriate metaphor. There is also poetic justice in using a Spanish word considering President Sin Nombre's defamation of citizens from Spanish-speaking countries south of our border.

I think widespread use of “President Sin Nombre” could act as a talisman against this pathological narcissist whose source of damaging and dangerous egotistical power comes from his name being spoken or written. You also have the option of omitting the honorific title “President” if you feel the title is not deserved due to treasonous actions or not winning the popular vote.

Larry Elmore

Albuquerque
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