You're welcome ... we think
Thank you for the article "Cast the First Stone" (Dec. 9). With lines such as "a college with ambitions of luring top athletic, legal and artistic talent, and a religious school shackled to fundamentalist stricture," concerning a widening gulf between dual roles, one gets the sense that it is an either/or situation. Once again you show your Christophobic narrow-minded ideology that if one believes in biblical values, or conservative thought, they cannot possibly be top-shelf educators and talent able to possess higher thought. As for Belmont, they have been in trouble for a long time trying to impress "progressives" rather than keeping to their original mission. They need to stop riding the fence and go one way or the other. Keep up the good work of showing your true colors.
Gays, stop oppressing the Christian majority
I keep reading claims by folks who say they didn't "choose to be gay," [and] these claims are patently false ("Cast the First Stone," Dec. 9). Everyone has a choice regarding the behavior they engage in. God's greatest gift to man is free will: We may not have any choice in what urges and desires enter our hearts and minds, but we do have a choice whether or not we succumb to these desires. After watching for decades as the gay community pleaded for understanding and acceptance, I'm dismayed that this community became one of the most intolerant demographic groups around once a measure of tolerance was achieved. It's immoral and just plain wrong to try to force your beliefs and opinions on those who don't share those same beliefs, especially when you try to force them on a faith-based group. In America, we allegedly have a constitutional right to freedom of religion. People who try to force religious institutions to condone something that is against their faith are cut from the same cloth as those who claim that homosexuality is a disease that can be "cured" and try to develop "treatments" to stop homosexual behavior. The word hypocritical just doesn't really say enough.
Leave Belmont alone, you weepy ... masturbator?
I applaud Lance Conzett for covering numerous bands who have roots at Belmont ("The Year in Music 2010," Dec. 9). [But] the fact that "Belmont" or being of Belmont is a frequent tool used in his write-ups, blurbs, etc. to pigeonhole or degrade the quality/input used in musician's projects (even as a joke) has become a bit tiring and is a demotion in my mind. There is also a fine line between mixing and production, but most music journalists don't ever distinguish these two very different parts of the process. I would expect more of a critique of the material and songwriting than witticisms about the origins.
I view such remarks as a lack of respect for the effort of making a good album. Is the praise of making #6 worth it if it's on very bittersweet terms and criticism? I can assure that Rhythm & Amplitude was always meant to be an album, and that everyone who worked on its production used whatever means possible to completely realize their art. I think we get the point about "Belmont," so let's move on and just judge the product for its artistic endeavors.
Bad form coming from a Belmont student/graduate? You sick bastard Lance, I hope to find you crying while masturbating on a park bench next time I see you (not really you're a good dude).
I also think the production is pretty spot-on.
Lame bands and music need love too
While I appreciate the love for some truly kick-ass bands (Tallest Trees, Evan P.) in the Music issue, I must point out that you missed a few that consistently get left out of the pretentious mix of Nashville musicians ("The Year in Music 2010," Dec. 9). Paramore? Hello? Hayley Williams had a huge spread in Nylon and you don't mention it? All the New York tastemakers (SPIN, etc.) probably love her just as much as Jack White and KOL. There is a huge crew of pop-punkers that make Nashville their home, or rave about us via Twitter. I understand that Rocketown is lame and the music is a little juvenile, but they deserve some respect. Or at the very least some recognition.
Merry Christmas from Bill Forsyth
Glad to see Comfort and Joy get a mention ("Watching in a Winter Wonderland," Dec. 2). That one always puts a smile on my face in December. It's so obscure that even some Bill Forsyth fans I know have never seen it. Worth seeking out, though.
Another good Christmas movie that most people don't know about: Bernard and the Genie with Lenny Henry, Alan Cumming and Rowan Atkinson. Lots of fun and good cheer. (I hear there's gonna be an American remake. Ugh.)
Speaking of Rowan Atkinson: Blackadder's Christmas Carol is pretty great, too — although it's not really a feature-length movie at 43 minutes.
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