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Page 4-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, December 8, 1992

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Editor in Chief

420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
764-0552

MATTHEW D. RENNIE
Opinion Editors
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GEOFFREY EARLE
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Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
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Almost three weeks after Los Angeles Police
Chief Daryl Gates came to campus to partici-
pate in a debate, another debate rages on: should
student organizations have reached into student
coffers to bring this controversial and reactionary
speaker to campus? Already, students and Michi-
gan Student Assembly delegates have snubbed
MSA President Ede Fox for her public opposition
to Gates' invitation; one student group has apolo-
gized for the decision, and another has reaffirmed
its stance.
Those who mounted opposition to Gates' visit
should reconsider. The University is an academic
community, and should serve as a forum for de-
bate. Spending student dollars to foster debate is
an inherantly positive thing. And bringing Gates,
despite his abhorrent views, is completely justifi-
able.
While it is fine if some students want to dis-
agree, it is unfortunate that they would try to
impose their views on others. One hundred and

fifty students, including Fox, signed a petition
disinviting Gates because of his controversial sta-
tus.
In an article for "Consider," Rackham Student
Government President Mark Buchan claimed,
"There is no point debating the validity of torture
and beatings." That is a ridiculous characterization
of the debate. The debate covered the nation's
criminal justice system, as well as police brutality.
These are vital topics that must be adressed, not
non-issues unworthy of consideration.
That is why it was discouraging when Univer-
sity Activitees Center (UAC) president Jason
Hackner, along with UAC/Viewpoint Lectures Co-
chairs, who brought Gates to campus, apologized
in a letter to the Daily. "The sponsors of this event
would like to apologize to anyone who was of-
fended by the decision to invite Gates" they wrote.
They should not have caved so easily. If UAC is
sparking controversy, it is serving its mission, and
its leaders should know that.

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Freedom to bike is fundamental

F ollowing a mandate from University President
James Duderstadt, the Campus Safety Com-
mittee (CSC) of the Michigan Student Assembly
last week took on the issue of bicycle safety. While
this may seem like a harmless action to protect
student safety, it could have damaging repercus-
sions.
Joel Strimling, CSC chair, said at last week's
MSA meeting, "We have proposed that bicycles
not be banned from the entire campus, but only in
certain areas around campus including the 'M'
area, the Diag and by Angell Hall."
Although Strimling later told the Daily in a
letter to the editor that the committee was only in
its initial stages, and downplayed the idea that
fines would be imposed on bikers,the committee's
work still represents a serious threat.
Regretfully,;,
MSA is reacting to
a relatively minor
problem by consid-
ering a draconian
solution.
First of all, many
students live off
campus and need to
ride bikes to class.
For them, the Diag
is the fastest route
on campus. Most
classes are held in
buildings around the
Diag, and bike-ban-
ners should consider
that the largest bike
racks on campus are
located on the Diag
as well.
It is true that bi-
cycle safety is a problem on campus, and on the
Diag in particular. But bike-banners should be
careful where they place blame. Often, it is pedes-
trians who are at fault, wandering aimlessly through
the streets, completely oblivious to their surround-
ings. The biker is put in a dilemma: the pedestrian
swerves right, the bike swerves left, the pedestrian
swerves back left, the bike swerves right, they

collide.
Who is at fault? Sometimes it is the biker, other
times the pedestrian. The actions which MSA is
currently considering, however, represent naked
oppression of the bike-riding minority by the ma-
jority of pedestrians. If bikers were to control the
Assembly, they could just as easily ban pedestrians
from the Diag.
Additionally, free-speech advocates should not
take the bike debate lightly. In recent years, the
University has conducted a subtle, yet well-orches-
trated campaign to clamp down on speech.
First the administration banned shanties on the
Diag, then it restricted rally times, passed an inter-
im speech code, and even went after the National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
This situation brings to mind a famous quote:
"First they came for
the shanties, but I
wasn't a shanty, so I
did nothing. Then they
came for the pot smok-
ers, but I wasn't a pot
smoker. Then they
came for the bikers,
but I wasn't a biker.
Finally they came af-
ter me, and there was
no one left to defend
me." We cannot recall
who uttered these im-
mortal words, but they
are certainly relevant
today.
One solution to the
"biker problem" that
_- has been bandied
about the Assembly is
more bike paths. This
may work on main streets, but the Diag is already
filled with paths. Installation of bike paths, in
addition to foot paths, would entail paving over
nearly every last shred of grass remaining.
Bike safety on campus could certainly use im-
provement. But the solutions being proposed to
alleviate this problem are worse than the problem
itself.

Appreciate the Daily
To the Daily:
Although I don't agree with
your views on certain issues, it is
nice to have a student newspaper
with intelligent reporting and
informed opinions. In light of the
upcoming Michigan-Michigan
State hockey game, let me share
an experience with you.
Two weeks ago, I visited my
friends at MSU for the weekend.
Being a first-year student, this trip
was only my second to East
Lansing. While I was waiting to
go to one of State's illustrious
parties, I saw a copy of the State
News and I began to read it. I
started with an article about a
student - which was all I could
make out. This article was, by far,
the worst article ever written in
the history of journalism.
I thought this was an isolated
incident, but every single article
was like the first. Bad grammar,
unclear statements and misspelled
words were in every single article.
This is probably why MSU's
president quit and went to some
no-name school. The real fun
began when I read the editorial
section. I actually laughed out-
loud at the letters. I appreciate the
Daily's intelligent writing.
Martin Wilk
Engineering first-year student
Stop male bashing
To the Daily:
I found Carol Genyea
Kaplan's article, "Brutality of
inflatable doll is symbolic," (11/
23/92) to be extremely offensive
and written in a domineering,
male-bashing manner. I don't see
how tossing an inflatable doll
"encourages the rape and brutality
of real women."
Genyea Kaplan missed one
major point in her letter: female
students also participated in the
"symbolic brutality" of this doll.
Her ultra-feminist position makes
her blind to the fact that women
also enjoy this harmless form of
entertainment. I attended the
Michigan-Illinois game and
witnessed a substantial number of
women punching and throwing
the doll.
As for the "passing" of women
during football games - more
often than not the person being
passed is male. Why doesn't she
speak out on the brutality of men?
I have participated in "person
passing" and there is no time to
"grope," only time to hold the
person long enough until they are
passed on.
Items passed among students
in previous games include an
inflatable beach ball, a dinosaur
and a Hulk Hogan Does this
mean men also want to rape and
abuse beach balls, dinosaurs and
Hulk Hogan? The men and
women I was sitting with were
thoroughly amused with the
spectacle and took no offense
from this supposed "acting out [of
men's] hatred and contempt on a
life-sized naked inflatable doll."
In addition, her mention of the
Thomas-Hill hearings was an
opportune moment for her to
express her malice towards men,
but had nothing to do with her
argument. Although many agree
that Anita Hill was served an
injustice, what does this have to
do with passing inanimate objects

Abusing religion hurts gays

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To the Daily:
We were outraged to come
across Mattie Mierzejewski's
letter in the Daily ("Homosexual-
ity is a sin," 12/2/92), in which
Mierzejewski claimed that
"Homosexuality is a rebellion
against God - a sin." Obviously,
Mierzejewski must have a "very
shady grasp of Jesus Christ and
what Christianity is all about," as
well as a very limited knowledge
of the Bible. The Bible does not
condemn homosexuality. This is
not an interpretation.
Only once in the Old Testa-
ment are homosexual acts
condemned (Leviticus 18:19-23
and Leviticus 20:10-16) in part of
what scholars call the Holiness.
Code. This code also forbids
planting two different kinds of
seed in the same field, wearing a
garment made from two different
types of yarn, having a tattoo,
eating raw meat and having sex
during a woman's menstrual
cycle.
Even if Mierzejewski chooses
to disregard Romans 7:6 ("But
now we are discharged from the
law, dead to that which held us
captive, so that we serve not
under the old written code [the
Old Testament], but in the new
life of the spirit."), she cannot
condemn homosexual acts if she

herself wears any clothing of a
cotton-polyester blend, lest she be
judged a hypocrite (Matthew 7:1-5
"Judge not lest you be judged...")
Of the nine biblical citations
commonly referred to by
homophobes as justification for
their condemnation of gays, four
simply ban prostitution, by both
men and women (Deuteronomy
23:17, I Kings 14:24, I Kings
22:46, and II Kings 23:7). Two
more are part of the previously
mentioned Holiness Code. Three
are references from St. Paul
(Romans 1:26-2:1,1 Corinthians
6:9-11 and I Timothy 1:10), which
speak only against carnal plea-
sures and temptation, both for
heterosexuals and homosexuals.
St. Paul mentions homosexuality
because during the Greco-Roman
culture in which he was writing,
homosexuality represented secular
sensuality.
We suggest that Mattie
Mierzejewski re-read the Bible,
and that anyone who believed her
statement that homosexuality is a
sin read Matthew 7:15 "Beware of
false prophets who come to you in
sheep's clothing.."
Kara Bucci
LSA sophomore
Amy Worden
LSA first-year student

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Women will not be silent

To the Daily:
Recently, a friend set me up
for a MBA school formal. I was
informed that my date would
contact me and give me all of the
details of the function. So, when I
received a phone call from a man
named Tom, I assumed he was to
be my date.
Tom knew my name and
general information about my
life. He knew my last name,
where I lived and my year in
school. There was no indication
that I should question the fact that
this man was indeed who I was to
be set up with.
However, as the conversation
progressed, Tom asked me a
rather startling question. He
asked, "Do you do dome on the
first date?" I explained to Tom
that I was unfamiliar with the
term "dome," so one of his
friends graciously enlightened me
by screaming in the background,
"It means do you give head?"
I was so taken aback by this
question-that I remained speech-
less as Tom assaulted me with a
barrage of questions including the
all important, "Do you have big
tits?" He then told me he was
sexually deviant and asked me if
I wanted to play his deviant
games with him.
When I hung up the phone, I
felt incredibly stupid for not

realizing right away that this slime
was clearly not my date and I was
angry at myself for not taking
more assertive control of the
conversation. Maybe it was some
guy I know who thought he was
being funny. Maybe it was some
sick pig who I don't know. The
point is, regardless of the source,
that phone call was simply
inexcusable and in my eyes,
extremely symptomatic of the
problems women face in society
today.
While some immature, sexist
scumball got his kicks making this
derogatory prank on me, I was
afraid. I had to question whether
this guy was crazy and whether I
should feel any threat from him.
And you better be sure that I do
feel threatened.
Women are always the ones
who have to deal with the after-
math of sexism. I have to be
afraid, while this guy has probably
not given the incident a second
thought.
I hope Tom, whoever he may
be, will get a chance to read this
and maybe he and others who
partake in this and other types of
blatant sexual violence will get
my message loud and clear:
Women will be silent no longer.
Katherine Rosman
LSA junior

Safe-sex message isn't getting out

According to a telephone survey published in
the November issue of "Science," of 10,000
heterosexuals surveyed only 17 percent of the
respondents with multiple, sex partners used
condoms. And according to a separate study pub-
lished in the Wall Street Journal, condom sales
have increased only 5 percent during the past year.
Despite increased awareness about AIDS, many
Americans continue to ignore the importance of
safe sex.
This should not be the case. Discussion of safe
sex should come out into the open, particularly
regarding the discussion of condoms. American
society must overcome the taboos surrounding
sexual activity to curb the spread of AIDS and
other sexually-transmitted diseases.
While abstinence and monogamy are the most
effective means of preventing disease transmis-
sion, they are not the only ones. Unfortunately, the
debate about safe sex is often defined by moralis-

facturers because some of their most popular
condoms include spermicide.
Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has
found it difficult to get past the network censors. In
1987, the agency tried to air 38 public-service
television announcements containing blunt lan-
guage. The networks only approved one. In fact,
because of its inability to use the word "condom,"
the CDC was forced to produce a commercial
where a voice-over asks a young man, "If I were to
tell you that putting on a sock would save your life,
would you do it?" Apparently, when it comes to
talking about condoms, the "liberal media" are very
conservative.
The networks must abolish these restrictive poli-
cies. Networks have a unique role to play in in-
creasing awareness about AIDS and STDs. Televi-
sion, unlike any other medium, reaches many people
of many different backgrounds at all hours of the
day.

Save whales, boycott Norway

To the Daily:
I would like to draw my fellow
students' attention to an outrage
against morality, common sense
and international law. Norway has
recently announced plans to
resume whaling, that is, to
continue the slaughter of some of
the planet's most highly intelli-
gent creatures.
This killing is done by
particularly cruel means.

international cooperation on
environmental issues, this atrocity
was banned by the International
Whaling Commission in 1982,
with the moratorium taking effect
in 1986.
Now, Norway has turned its
back not only on preservation of
species threatened with extinction,
but on the global cooperation
which is the only way our own
species can save itself from the

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