This is a section for Special Letters from Special People.
Wherein can be found the FULL texts of actual letters written to me, and my answers in return. These letters are of a special type, and thus are addressed in this devoted area. However, because I am kind, I shall censor out the names and addresses of those who have written to me.
Why the Special Letters?
I recieve....many....such letters, and the sheer volume of them all, as well as the incredible similarity of them, finally has overwhelmed me. All the hundreds of letters (1537, as of July 13, 1999) are all about the same basic thing. In fact, I have yet to recieve a single letter of this type that does not share the 'common element'. Not one!
You will see what
You can write to me, too!
are the Special Letters
Christian writes to ask me to give up my hatred against god
A Pastor writes regarding my 'Western Humanist Anti-Christian Movement' conspiracy
A great sage tries to enlighten me
I have read your site, and I have found many things that are useful in your pages. However, you fail to teach the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in your articles. Sometimes you make Christians sound unkind. You should not hate Our Lord because Jesus loves even you! Jesus teaches all Christians to love and forgive, and Christians do good things always. We try to live according to the ideal set for us by Our Lord. When you ignore truth, you encourage ingnorance.
I know that in the past sometimes Christians have done a few wrong things. And even now, I feel bad when some one is shot or beaten in the name of Our Lord. But that is not all Christians, and that is not the truth of Jesus Christ.
You should give up your hatred for God, and your hatred of Christians. I will pary for you. Hate against Christ will not save you. Only loving Christ will.
Thank you for writing to me.
As for Christians being rather unkind, it is my attitude that it is just humans failing to live up to their ideals, or perhaps, living up to distorted notions of what their ideals should be. If Christians actually did live up to the biblical ideals of their savior, then no one would have anything to fear from their behavior...even if they were absolutely convinced of having a 'Truth'. The same could be said about many human systems and beliefs.
I can only conclude that most humans are not very good at holding a 'Truth' (as opposed to a 'truth' with a little 'T') and still leaving other folks to exist as they will. I imagine our species simply is not mature enough yet for tolerance AND certainty.
Oh well. The important point is to survive. Anger and hatred, are for me, a form of slavery. If I felt hatred for Christians I would be possessed by them, obsessed by them, and my life would not be my own.
'Jesus' (or Yeshua, son of David, if one actually bothered to use his real name) may ask that one forgive enemies, but I suggest that hatred is a prison of negative attachment and oppositional effort. I am far to lazy and selfish to go to the effort of hatred. I have better things to do with my time!
You clearly have no idea how utterly insulting and degrading that opening greeting is. It is the equivalent of opening with "Dear Nigger" or "Dear Freak". It is an immediate attack, and it displays both ignorance and unkindness. Whatsoever your bias or your bigotry, to be able to address your letter to me...to 'Jennifer'...indicates that I am -in all human politeness- to be addressed as female. You are desperately impolite, sir.
I was interested
to read your letters-with-responses. I am (I think) a
fairly intelligent, caring person (Harvard, B.A. '68, Westminster
Seminary, M.Div. '72, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, The Netherlands,
Drs.'78), who is genuinely interested in the subject of transsexualism
because our church in Holland is trying to deal with this difficult
issue. Your manner of dealing with Christianity confirms my fears: your
movement (legitimizing transsexualism and sex change operations) is part
of a Western humanist anti-christian attempt to reject the living God of
the Bible and the creation structures He has made.
Your fears are groundless, and even border on the hysterical. Most transsexuals of my acquaintance are Christian, and I often get some degree of fuss from them because I will not conform to their views. I have my own opinions, which -in my introduction pages- I make clear notice of, and plainly explain my own biases and outlook.
Transsexuality is no movement, it is a medical condition. I can, however understand your confusion, for many diseases, such as leprosy, porpheria, and even polydactilism (the condition of being born with more than five fingers or toes) were historically considered to be evidence of satanic conspiracy against the Church. Indeed, Henry the 8th, King of England, had one of his wives -Anne Boleyn- executed because she had six fingers. The pope was able to grant Henry the right to execute her on the grounds that she clearly was -by being alive- a product of a satanic conspiracy against god and the Church. Such history affects even our current day, and thus makes your statement understandable.
One of my spouses corrected me on my historical accuracy. Here is her correction -Eldenath is an excellent scholar of renaissance history. I wish to include it because accuracy is important. Thank you my love!
Anne Boleyn was the very reason Henry broke with the Catholic Church and set up the Protestant religion within England (the pope wouldn't annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragorn, so that he could marry Anne).....so the pope never granted anything to Henry in regards to Anne....Henry was already excommunicated from the Catholic Church at this time.
Also, while it is true that Anne's extra finger was considered evidence of her being a witch, if was mostly a trumped up adultery and treason charge that got her beheaded. While I know this doesn't refute your using her as a correlation of how folk with birth defects were treated as satanic, it might be better if you're armed should someone decide to dispute you on this.
Loving (Renaissance English History Buff)
You should be aware that the Church has just recently recanted many things, from the persecution of Galileo (1994), the admission that the moon is indeed not a perfect pearl, but a cratered body (1995), and even that the theory of evolution has become undeniably the most rational explanation for animal species (1998).
Perhaps you simply require a short series of night classes to catch up with the events of recent centuries. It is easy to fall behind.
You yourself cite
research which indicates that "the condition is
congenital, not genetic. Caused exclusively by the introduction or
absence (depending) of hormones in the womb at critical points in
neurological development... The more stressed the population... the
greater the number of transsexuals." This indicates that this condition
is a deviation from a biological pattern, and influenced by cultural
conditions. Transsexuals are people burdened with a severe handicap.
But this does not mean that they are "women in men's bodies" or the
other way around.
Actually, it means precisely what I have written: the very handicap is in point of fact, the handicap of being burdened with the wrong body. Since the brain is the seat of the identity, the driver and master of the body, and the body the vehicle of the brain, then having the wrong vehicle, one which cannot be driven correctly is a grave problem. The only rational correction for this horrific situation is to address the birth defect and correct the body. It is also the only possible solution, for if it were possible to change the brain, it would mean the death of the identity, to be replaced with a new person, which would be murder.
Birth defects other than transsexuality are caused by stress on the mother, which in turn affects fetal development in the womb. Indeed, simply beating a pregnant woman's stomach and womb with a stick for an hour or two, an act performed on several thousand women during the Catholic Inquisition -which kept wonderful records, by the way- will inevitably result in severe mutation and deformity in the baby after it is born. This is clearly a case of mutation, a deviation from the biological norm, caused by social effects, in this case, religious beating.
You call Christianity
a "warfare-based" religion. Yes and no.
According to the Bible, we are in a warfare with Satan, who is involved
in misleading people in all sorts of ways. If the U.S. was a "war-based
nation" for fighting Hitler, then the analogy holds.
You make my case for me, but fail to see it.
Hitler was a clear threat to all mankind, a dictator who clearly intended total domination of the earth, as well as the extermination of those he deemed inferior. Since mass genocide and total conquest are clearly to be opposed, the Allies of World War Two -which I must educate you consisted in number of far more soldiers from nations other than America- had a clear and present threat to deal with. Once this threat was dealt with, war ended.
This is very different than a religion which is -if you will pardon my humor- hell bent on the conversion of every soul on earth. It is the prime directive of Christianity that all souls be saved, and this means that all humans must be converted to Christianity. Only recently has this process of conversion ceased to include mass torture and murder as a primary tool of persuasion. The Inquisition, for instance, officially ended in 1959, my birth year.
Considering that the latecomer to World War Two, the US, has no official plans to forcibly conquer the world -though I do grant that the US involves itself far more than it should in the affairs of other nations- and Christianity has a clear edict to convert the entire world, I think your statements are blatantly illogical.
If anything, since Hitler intended to convert the world to his system, and Christianity intends to convert the world to it's system, the actual comparison cannot fail even the most simple of minds.
I do not see you
personally as an enemy of God, but rather as someone
who, by choice, is continuing a path of resistance to God. Like my dear
sister, a practicing lesbian, you have chosen to follow the path of
least resistance and give in to certain primary impulses. We all have
problems with our sexuality, to one degree or another. Three percent of
the male Western population have apparently a strong homosexual
orientation. Lower percentages are oriented to sadistic-masochistic
sex, pedophilia, fetishism, and sex with animals. These orientations,
by existing, do not legitimize themselves. We all need help. God shows
us how He made us (Genesis 1 and 2). He shows us how we made a mess of it (Gen.3). But He also has come to show us the way out: by becoming
man and suffering on the cross. I believe this is Good News to all
people, heterosexual, homosexual, "trans-sexual," pedophiles,
sado-masochists, and others.
J*** M. (Kim) B*******, pastor, Reformed Church (Liberated),
W*********, The Netherlands
First off, comparing pedophiles and sado-masochists with homosexuals and transsexuals, is like comparing baseball players and politicians with people born blind or without legs and arms. One is a behavioral activity, and the other is a state of biological existence. Have you no education whatsoever?
You are a deluded man. Your compassion and reason are occluded by easily mouthed, standardized 'Good News' religious platitudes and simple answers. One day your sister, the lesbian, will grow old and die, and you will never have bothered to know or understand her. You commit a crime of filial desertion against your own kin. I find you a pitiful creature, unable to summon the courage to transcend your own fears long enough to comprehend real love for even your own family. That....is disgraceful.
If you have even the slightest courage and capacity for real love, you will stop your conspiracy hunting, end your adamant disapproval of those who do not fit your world view, and widen your perspective...eliminate your bigotry and religiously based abhorrence. If you are wise you will go beg forgiveness not from god, but from your poor sister, who has probably suffered much from you, and your simple beliefs.
Grow up, you silly man, and show some actual backbone. Life is more complex than any one book -even your bible- can describe, and you owe more devotion to the people around you than you do to some mystical spook in the sky.
If there is a god, She has no need of being worshipped, and if She is Good, no need to have her creations reject each other, and if She is secure and truly powerful, no need to encourage conversion and conquest.
You need forgiveness, not from the gods, but from the humans that suffer -in work, in life, in love, in play- for your religious convictions.
Because I am human, I am ashamed of you. You are part of my species, and you have no love to give. You diminish us all.
You are wrong about all the faggots. Faggot is a sin, and everybody knows it becuaes the bible SAYS SO. read the bible and you will see that all your problems are caused by not loving god. You faggots can be cured. you are not a woman just because you take pills or get your dick cut off. you are just still a faggot and rejected JESUS CHRIST. I cant help your losing your dick but you could go back and live the life god intended for you. If you just ask forgiveness for your sin you might still be forgiven for your crasy insanity. Please give up being a woman because you are not and LOVE JESUS CHRIST. He died for YOUR SINS so you shpould not betray HIM.
In love of the LORD
Your erudite discourse must surely persuade even the most recalcitrant intellect. Sadly, I am too base and shallow to properly see the shame that I doubtlessly deserve. Thank you ever so kindly for your generous attempt to save me from my delusions of happy contentment and achievement in life.
Alas, I am doomed to endure more years of successful living. It is probably too late for me in any event, for my long lost 'dick' -as you so delicately put it- is sleeping now in the arms of Christ, gone forever. Give up on this poor wretch, and march onward to your deserved glory.
Jennifer Diane Reitz