I'm baffled by the community's response to turning a church into a theatre in the Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood. I was under the impression that the building was no longer being used as a house of worship because nobody was coming to worship there. For all of those people in outrage over the building's new usage, acting as though they themselves are the only defenders of God, I sure do wonder why none of them were going to church. Or maybe they were going to church, but the simple fact is that there is an abundance of churches in Charleston — in fact, more than enough to go around, and that's the real reason for putting this old outworn church to a different use.
I can think of no better new usage for this church than a theatre. If the pulpit is about spreading ideas, and making people reevaluate their lives, and feeling things, and feeling connected, then so is the theatre. I will never understand Christians like the writer of "Our Town, Spoiled," (Letters, Feb. 15) who finds it "unconscionable" to put up an institution that will offer employment opportunities and "children's programs" simply because you don't want "1,500 people coming to [your] neighborhood a week!" Would you feel that way if those 1,500 were going to church? This town needs to get over itself. Is there anything artistically and ideologically progressive that won't send people into an uproar? I promise you all, you will live. You will still be able to go to church. And with this new theatre, you might just get some new ideas, too. Won't you all be disappointed if this new theatre turns out to be a Godsend?
HOME OF THE STUPID
It takes a unique individual to be as completely out of touch with reality as Michael Graham appears to be in his column, "Home of the Brave" (The Usual Suspects, Views, March 8). According to him, the film Syriana showed us, "the positive, upbeat side of suicide bombing." Excuse me, but have you even seen the movie, Mr. Graham? Was it the portrayed brainwashing of Arab youth, the grieving families, or the tragic and ultimately pointless act of the suicide itself you saw as positive and upbeat?
Later you ask Hollywood "to make a movie portraying suicide bombers as the bad guys ... and all Muslims." Have you been living in a cave more isolated than bin Laden, Mr. Graham? Did you just forget about, True Lies, Executive Decision, and the myriad of other Hollywood blockbusters that have done exactly that?
Finally, you ask for a movie that shows a couple gay guys going through counseling or religious conversion to become un-gay. News flash, that, too, has been done. It was released last year under the title, Sad to be Gay. You should check it out, Mr. Graham, you might find it educational.
In the future, Mr. Graham, it wouldn't hurt you to do just a minimal amount of research and thinking about an article before you burden us with your opinions.
HOME OF THE PHOBIC
I'm sorry. In regard to Michael Graham's "Home of the Brave," I didn't quite catch those last few words regarding all those Hollywood films that, God forbid, show the world we are not all the same, that there are two sides to every story, and that your cookie-cutter 1960s view of how you think the world should be may just not be how you neighbor thinks the world should be. Perhaps, if Mr. Graham took Bush's dick out of his mouth for one second, I might be able to hear what it is he has to say.
MICHAEL GRAHAM 'OXYMORONIC'
Mr. Graham's statement that if he were a "principled liberal" he would be "awfully lonely right now" ("Liberal Vote," The Usual Suspects, Views, March 15) is a half-truth. Or should I say, half of the truth. Where are the "principled conservatives" now? Last time I saw the news, all three branches of our illustrious government were majority conservatives; yet I have heard none of them bemoaning the evils of a big government, invading our personal liberties (PATRIOT Act) and interfering with free-market principles through unadulterated cronyism (Halliburton). While I did not personally know the Founding Fathers, I am sure the current lot of unprincipled conservatives is enough to make them and more recent figures like Eisenhower and the much beloved Reagan spin in their graves at rates high enough to approach escape velocity.
In other more direct and refined words: "principled politician" is either an oxymoron or an extinct species.
J. Spencer Gainey, M.D.
ANDERSON (formerly West Ashley)