Martyr, May I

The two articles on “pagans” which have appeared in your publication recently are displays of manifest buffoonery (“Who You Callin’ a Witch?” by Will Moredock, Dec. 12 and “Heritage Schmeritage” by Will Moredock, Dec. 19). The author states without making historical reference that “we know from history that … many gave up their faith only at the point of a sword [etc.].” Really? Who are they? Can the author produce some valid compendium of pagan martyrology to support such a claim?

Conversely, Christian elementary schoolchildren the world over can rattle off names of people who have died for their faith, among them, to name only a few, Saints Stephen, Peter, Andrew, Maximilian Kolbe. The last name in that short list is of a man who died in Auschwitz at the hands of the Nazis, who (need I remind you?) had an atheistic leader with a predilection for pagan-like Wagnerian characters.

Far from denying being descended from pagans, as the author suggests, countless Christians exult in the fact. A case in point: Every year on March 17, Christians celebrate, in various ways sacred and profane, the feast of St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland. If, as the author suggests, Christians ought presumably be “shocked” and “in denial” about their pagan ancestry, what are they celebrating but their own ancestors’ conversions? Furthermore, Christians count among their saints not only descendants of pagans, but people who are themselves converted pagans. Here I refer you to the life of Justin Martyr.

The two articles mentioned have no merit. That aside, I have to admit I howled with laughter while reading them. Their theses do not bear simple logical questions, let alone thoughtful examination. The fact that they got by your editor’s desk does disservice to your publication. In case (as I suspect and hope) they were written to be taken as spoofs, you have my congratulations.

Arthur Holland


Pipe Dream

I’d like to comment on Steven Lacey’s commentary regarding wireless access in downtown Charleston and elsewhere “Behind the Curve,” Dec. 26): Hey dumbass, just because government supplies wireless access rather than the private sector does not make it free. In actuality, government has no money. It takes it from you and me and everyone else that actually pay taxes and redistributes it as it sees fit.

What actually happened in Charleston is that Joe Riley and his minions totally underestimated the infrastructure and work required to complete the task. So, they wasted years and countless taxpayer dollars on a pipe dream they ultimately abandoned. Good thinking, huh?

Timothy L. Maguire