FumblesIt is unfortunate that the representatives pursuing...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 29, 1993

Fumbles

It is unfortunate that the representatives pursuing the lone remaining National Football League franchise for Baltimore have fumbled away the remaining shreds of dignity and integrity this effort had carried throughout this farce of an expansion process.

In this present time, where the citizens of this town struggle for leadership and example to stop the spiral of violence and moral decay, our governor and Maryland Stadium Authority members display that groveling, back-stabbing and avoidance of commitment are appropriate traits to wield.

As a current potential club seat holder, it is an understatement to say that I am appalled at the 11th hour maneuvers by these gentlemen in substituting Alfred Lerner to satisfy these gluttons who compromise the NFL ownership group.

When will such educated and experienced members of our community have the foresight to say, "Stop!"?

Both the Weinglass and Glazer groups deserve much more than the Give Baltimore the Ball representatives have had the decency to offer.

Perhaps it is fitting to state that the participants in this expansion process, minus the Weinglass/Glazer parties, are in a league of their own.

NB I am beginning to wonder if we truly did deserve Robert Irsay.

J. H. Hassman

Baltimore

In Whose Image Were We Created?

The Sun printed an article on feminist theology entitled "Feminist theology challenges tradition" (Nov. 7).

I find it quite surprising that the writer completely neglected the non-Judeo/Christian feminist theologies that are proliferating in western culture.

I speak. of course, of the old religion, sometimes termed Goddess religion. Rather than attempting to change attitudes by altering personal pronouns in relation to the deity, the Goddess religions deal with gender by dividing God into God and Goddess, to address each aspect separately.

C.G. Jung smoothed the way for us with his description of archetypes in his great work "The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious," published in 1959.

Other resources include historic material on pre-Christian religious practices and shamanic practices.

Deity serves us humans as a mirror for the soul. We look closely at our reflection in the mirror and attempt to fill that larger and more perfect shape that we see looming before us.

If I, a woman, am looking at my small image attempting to fill the robes of a Near Eastern patriarch, only bits of myself will find a true "fit." I can find an almost complete fit if the mirror shows me a womanly shape.

In the Western European tradition, those womanly shapes are translated into the maiden, the mother and the crone. "The Goddess has a thousand names," declares one of the verses written about her.

The Romans in their march across Northern Europe adopted most of the deities of the tribes they conquered.

"All Goddesses are one Goddess, and all Gods, one God," states another, which brings us to my main premise: God is one.

Now this is not news to most people of any religion. As rather small creatures, we humans consistently miss the big picture.

Doesn't it make sense to take that enormous entity, God, the force, the great dance, whatever one terms it, and break it into facets that are more assimilable by human understanding? . . .

The women mentioned in the article are all looking for a reflection of their "womanness," each in her own mirror of the soul. Each is dissatisfied because she can find herself fitting only "bits" of the god-shape she is looking at.

Let her replace the Judeo/Christian patriarchal deity, or the Christ with a real female figure, and she will see the best aspects of herself reflected there.

This explains why the Virgin Mary has been an object of great devotion by Catholics over the centuries. She is the Goddess, albeit limited to certain functions by the "fathers" of the church.

This explains why St. Bride, or Bridget, is so popular in Ireland and in early Scotland, and why other female saints receive devotion from masses of fervent churchgoers.

It is apparent from your article that "a Goddess-shaped yearning" exists in religious society today. Rather than relabeling a traditional male image or archetype, would it not work better to acknowledge the multifaceted quality of deity and give ourselves permission to investigate those facets of deity openly and without rancor?

Ellen Coutts Waff

Savage

Health Statistics

I wish to call to your attention the death toll statistics published on the front page Nov. 10. It appears that the article is a reprint of a Los Angeles Times article which quotes the Journal of the American Medical Associaton (JAMA).

I don't know how JAMA gathers and processes data, but it is general knowledge that motor vehicle deaths in this country are closer to 45,000 per year -- not 25,000. For the year in question, 1990, 46,300 deaths were motor-vehicle-related.

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