July 8, 2011
IPRETTY MUCH disagree with almost all of Christine Flowers' beliefs. That said, I found her July 1 column disheartening, not because of the ideas she expressed but because of the emails she says she regularly gets from readers calling her, in her words, a "rhymes-with-witch," "rhymes-with-punt" or "rhymes-with-trucker. " I've had numerous email exchanges with Ms. Flowers. She has always been polite in responding. In one of our first, she thanked me for expressing my views without resorting to name-calling.
September 17, 2010
THERE'S ABSOLUTELY no way op-ed columnist Christine Flowers can be an intelligent, independent feminist and be antichoice. I have just one question for her: Are you against abortion? Don't have one! Just leave everyone else alone. It's a personal choice between a woman, her family and her medical professional. Please get out of other people's bedrooms. I have a 24-year-old daughter, and if she had an unwanted pregnancy, I'm not sure how I would feel about it. But the LAST thing I would want is for some nameless, faceless bureaucrat making that decision for her. Dennis M. O'Neill, Garnet Valley, Pa. Editor's note: Christine Flowers says she isn't a feminist.
April 19, 2011
CHRISTINE Flowers takes the art of begging the question to a new height in her op-ed on the "boobies" bracelets. Her shot at the U.S. Supreme Court for expanding rights is a worn-out conservative canard. We don't know how broad free speech was intended to be because founders like Jefferson and Hamilton couldn't agree on that question. Maybe Flowers never heard of the 1798 Sedition Act debate. Words like "lewd" and "vulgar" have proven too subjective for a working legal definition, and misquoting Potter Stewart's "I know it when I see it" quip doesn't change that.
December 20, 2013
'Twas the week before Christmas But thanks to a trend We were calling it "holiday" So as not to offend The creatures were shopping In capitalist bliss Not heeding the warning Of new "Pope Marxist" (er, Francis) The stock market hung On Paul Ryan's brave dare Causing libs and conservatives Equally to swear In sports we were focused On finding a reason That the NFC East still Deserved a postseason Up on Capitol Hill Was our speaker, John Boehner Who, though screaming at colleagues Looked infinitely saner Not so happy the fellow Who we fondly call POTUS Since, by sampling some Danish He ticked off the FLOTUS Then we heard of a marriage That got one teacher fired But it wasn't surprising He was forced to "retire" Since the "groom" was employed At a Catholic spot And his dearly beloved, well- A "bride" he was not. Then a judge ruled polygamy Might not be so awful Raising hopes that a mass "I do" Could soon become lawful.
July 2, 2014 |
THAT "THUD" you just heard was the sound of progressives, secularists and freebie-seekers thumping their foreheads in anguish. Or perhaps it was the rumble as millions of religious folk fell to their knees in gratitude that the Supreme Court had, for once in a blue moon, gotten the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment right. Or it possibly could have been the clamor of bricks from that imaginary Wall Between Church and State, crumbling to the ground in a felicitous heap.
June 8, 2011
RE CHRISTINE Flowers' op-ed about homelessness: I am a chaplain at a psychiatric hospital in South Jersey and am also a retired military veteran. I also serve as a chaplain in Camden at the Trauma Hospital. I see homelessness and mental illness up close and personal every day. She sees them as an "annoyance," and I see them as God's lost children. One out of every four homeless adult males are military vets, and most homeless people suffer from some form of mental illness, drug addiction or traumatic stress syndrome.
February 23, 2011
AS A GAY Catholic, parts of Christine Flowers' Feb. 18 op-ed column ( "What a Load of Bigoted Hooey" ) were insulting. While saying she doesn't believe gay equals pedophile, Ms. Flowers believes it is "disingenuous to ignore the connection between the gender of the abusers and the gender of the accused as if it didn't exist. " While many priests did molest boys, some molested girls. At my former school, there was even a nun who molested boys. If Ms. Flowers advocates "rooting out the gay priests in its midst," should we also have rooted out straight priests to stop the rest of the abusers?
January 13, 2009
THE FINAL paragraph of Christine Flowers' heartfelt, moving and well-deserved celebration of the life of Dr. John Pryor begins with this sentence: "Some lives are expendable," and continues, referring to Dr. Pryor, "This one was not. " Of course, Dr. Pryor's life was not "expendable. " But precisely whose life is "expendable"? By what criteria is that judgment made? Who makes the judgment? Dan Larkin Merion Station
February 5, 2014
I HAVE no special love for the Clintons, but Christine Flowers' and others' obsessive sexual curiosity of Republicans for Bill's public exploitation of those who worked for him seems remarkably unself-conscious and unself-aware. You are surely aware, Ms. Flowers, of the many Republican bathroom and bedroom proclivities, some with congressional employees. Recent Republican White House occupants would count themselves lucky, in their advanced age, to be capable of such escapades. One particular occupant might have had trouble due to prior bouts of alcohol and drug use. Hillary Clinton should not be tarred with the moral deficiencies of her husband any more than Geraldine Ferraro's diet should be judged by the contents of her husband's refrigerator.
October 9, 2007
CHRISTINE Flowers (op-ed, Oct. 5) is entitled to her view of the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas case. It's my judgment that Sen. Arlen Specter unfairly badgered Hill over four days of testimony about several small but extremely provocative conversations, and that Specter's prosecutorial zeal would have been curtailed in any reasonable courtroom. Flowers has mischaracterized Hill's astonishment at Thomas' continuing anger as a matter only of "memory. " But the astonishment is one that relates Thomas' lack of maturity, to forgive the trespasses of others in his later years, for injuries which occurred so far in the past.