April 17 Mail: Stevie Stiletto, Marriage Equality and More
A Memorable Stevie Stiletto Performance
I have videotaped about 100 bands over the years, but the overall best video I ever did, in my opinion, is Stevie Stiletto at the Post & King sometime in the 1980s [online comment on “Ray McKelvey 1956-2013”]. I’ve done some that have a clearer picture but don't sound as good; some that sound better, but the picture isn't so hot; and some that sound good AND look good, but the performance isn't as interesting. But that Post & King show balances out perfectly because (a) the band played hard and fierce with a simple but formidable configuration of bass, drums and one guitar, so it was almost impossible not to sound good, and (b) Ray McKelvey knew what he was doing. Ray’s voice and instincts were top-notch punk. He knew how to use limited budget stage effects to maximum result. He’s had both a sense of humor and a sense of fatality. When he was on, he was ON, like a big brother, a rogue, a grand maestro, a grinning skull and a neon Jesus all rolled into one. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the entire Post & King gig on YouTube in 10-to-15-minute increments.
One Man, One Woman
The Editor’s Note of April 3 [“Brotherly Love”] tackled the controversial topic of marriage equality.
In the 1980s, National Geographic published a pictorial volume called “Splendors of the Past: Lost Cities of the Ancient World.” It included a 10-inch-by-20-inch color photo of marshland believed by area locals to have once been the Garden of Eden. This confirms the biblical record. Biblical Eden was where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers met. This location remains in present-day southwestern Iraq (about 100 miles inland from the Persian Gulf). Hammond World Atlas contains a map of Iraq verifying this location.
Why is this information important? Because it supports the biblical account of the creation of Adam and Eve, who were to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Yes, they were not perfect role models, but they were the originating family of the human race (one father, one mother and their offspring). Adam and Eve’s bad decision derailed the whole human race like a catastrophic train wreck. The Christian Church provides hope and renewal to get it back on the right track. The LGBT movement just adds more destruction to the same train wreck.
The Bible teaches that “God created man in his own image … male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27). Yes, many marriages fail. Why? Because it takes God’s love to join them together, and it takes God’s love to keep them together! Any other formula is doomed to failure.
The LGBT movement may eventually get what they want, but then will they want what they get? The Rolling Stones expressed it best: “I can’t get no satisfaction!”
William H. Shuttleworth
Opposed to ‘LGBT Lifestyle’
I have been reading Folio Weekly for many years and never miss an issue, but I noticed something in your Mail section that you never seem to publish — and that is opposing views on the LGBT lifestyle and community. I am all for human rights, not because of any one sexual orientation or choice, but for the simple fact that all humans have rights. You seem to have a problem with anyone who has anything negative to say about men sleeping with men and women sleeping and living with each other.
I believe in God, and I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. And I do not see how one can believe in God and believe that gay activities and lifestyles are good. I know in my heart and mind what’s right and what’s wrong whether I like to do these things or not. Joel Osteen said it best about the Newtown incident: The perpetrator there had a choice; he chose to kill. Does this make it right because he chose to do it? Of course not. This man had problems and needed help.
If you are a man and you want to have sex with another man or you are a woman and you want to have sex with another woman, you have a problem, and you need help. Unfortunately, over many years, we have let this ship sail. The LGBT lifestyle is now hip and good for business. But it is simply wrong. Raising children to believe otherwise is wrong. God did not intend for it to be this way; we have let it become this way. Protect the person, not the act.
One very important last thing: In the name of all that is good and decent, please stop using the civil rights struggle, and particularly the words of Martin Luther King Jr., as weapons for the rights of LGBT people. I have no doubt men sleeping with men and women sleeping with women is not the promised land he was talking about.
Cheers to Brewer’s
Now, this place does have some killer calzones [online comment on Bite-sized, “Pizza and Beer, OP-style” March 27]. We drive from the airport just to eat at Brewer’s Pizza. I have been going to Brewer’s since they opened and before they really got into microbrewing. Those boys from up North can sure make a pie. o