Strange JusticeLyle Denniston, in his review (Nov. 13) of...


November 20, 1994

Strange Justice

Lyle Denniston, in his review (Nov. 13) of "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas," writes that the mystery remains unsolved, but that the book ''moves the story forward somewhat.'' He inexplicably, however, furnishes no information as to what the book uncovered.

Clarence Thomas said at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: ''If I had used this kind of grotesque language with one person, it would seem to me that there would be . . . other individuals who heard bits and pieces of it, or various levels of it.'' The authors of ''Strange Justice'' have uncovered many such ''bits and pieces.'' They report that Clarence Thomas made the ''pubic hair on the Coke can'' remark to others beside Anita Hill, that he was an avid viewer of pornography, that his friends knew him as ''one of the crudest people'' they had ever met, and that there is credible evidence that he sexually harassed other women in his employ besides Anita Hill.

Vulgarity and a penchant for pornography do not disqualify anyone from the Supreme Court, but sexual harassment and lying about it under oath do. Although ''Strange Justice'' may not ''solve'' the mystery, it makes it almost impossible to avoid concluding that Anita Hill told the truth.

Henry Cohen


Baptist Community

Maryland Baptists seeking refuge from the Southern Baptist Convention's imperialistic leadership of the last 16 years do not consider themselves a splinter group in the denomination.

Instead, we find hope in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship community for shared mission endeavors -- no wooing, as reported in The Sun's Religion Notes of Nov. 4, needed.

Our invitation to Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler as speaker for the October Mid-Atlantic CBF gathering in Baltimore signifies the community of grace and freedom we seek.

As the current national CBF moderator, she epitomizes denominational disenfranchisement, as she reminded our group that "they pushed me out" after she ran for Southern Baptist Convention first vice president in 1990.

She is not ordained, as reported by The Sun, but as a minister, a person of faith, she signifies the community of grace and freedom we seek.

My own election as moderator of the CBF Mid-Atlantic grouping is representative of this freedom defined as inclusivity and acceptance. I am not the senior preaching pastor of a congregation or a part of the old guard preacher-boy network.

I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister who serves as senior educator in a Maryland congregation. In the old order of the SBC, my service in this way would be out of the question.

Those of us within the CBF community are experiencing the very freedom we as Baptists have cherished for so many years.

Kenneth J. Meyers


Enjoys Columnists

Now that it's so easy to fax a letter to you, I was inspired to finally write to say how much I enjoy several of your columnists.

I just read part of the paper, and I am always amused and delighted by Stephen Hunter's reviews, but he really outdid himself this morning: comparing "Frankenstein" to Monday Night Football ("Possibly they should have tried Helmet-cam"); great stuff on "Hoop Dreams" and "Bullets Over Broadway" ("Tallulah on a bad day or Kathleen Turner on a good one"), and my favorite, on "The War" ("Seems to have hailed from the last chapter of a self-help book"). He is just so much fun to read.

Also Mike Littwin. I just read his piece on books that no one reads. It was the best response to "The Bell Curve" I've seen yet. You can't help but love it when good-natured wit skewers academic pretension.

Also Rob Kasper. I'd read anything he writes.

These guys are terrific.

Susan Willard


Facts on Ghana

Although I did not read Richard O'Mara's article Oct. 24 in The Sun about Nana Rawlings, the First Lady of Ghana, I feel a need to respond to the letter to the editor by Peter Kosciewicz on Nov. 8.

As a white American in business with a Ghanaian citizen living here in Baltimore, and one who has traveled to Ghana, I wonder where Mr. Kosciewicz gets his information. Let's take the issues he raises. First, he does truthfully acknowledge that Ghana has a booming economy. And he is crediting Mr. Rawlings for the change. The amount of individual capitalism in that country is an awesome sight.

One point in which the letter writer wanders from reality is stating that women cannot vote in Ghana. How can any person make a statement that is so blatantly wrong and get it published?

Not only do women vote in Ghana, but women are members of Parliament and the judiciary in this African nation.

Mr. Kosciewicz also claims that Ghana's citizens continue to live under a repressive regime.

As I traveled throughout Ghana just this past summer I witnessed a level of public opinion on the Rawlings regime that resembled verbal street-brawling.

From taxi drivers to independent merchants, people had no qualm in stating their view of their government, whether it was negative or positive.

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