Comic relief
Bring back Maakies. No excuses. You've ditched everyone else. At least give your loyal readers something that we actually liked about the paper. Bring back Ridgeway while you're at it. But at least bring back Maakies. Bring back Maakies, editors. And Savage on the last page? Kind of predictable, but generally acceptable—just don't push him past the last page, too.
David Swoervoden

All God's children
As a queer who has only recently come out of the closet, I couldn't help but feel a little depressed reading Tristan Taormino's "Urban Buttgirl Meets Rural Right" [December 27, 2006 – January 2, 2007], about life as a queer in a predominantly Christian town. I identify with the kind of discomfort that Taormino feels in the midst of what sounds like a rather self-righteous Christian community, but it worries me that she attributes this kind of prudish anti-sexuality to Christianity and even religion in general. I take issue with this, because I think that to dismiss it as intrinsically homophobic is to cede control of the faith to the Church Lady faction. Christianity has a rich history of textual eroticism (Song of Songs). The saints of the Middle Ages engaged in all kinds of deviant behaviors—masochism, scatophilia, imagined sex with Jesus. Poets like Saint John of the Cross employed thick and direct homoerotic imagery in their work. As early as the 1300s, a notion of Christ as trangender began to emerge, the wounds of the passion reconceptualized as vulvic. Scholars like Amy Hollywood have done some amazing work queering Christianity, laying the groundwork for a proudly queer and kinky Christianity.
Gwen Snyder
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Maybe not . . .
I am writing about Dan Savage's column. I have seen Savage Love, and I'm absolutely disgusted and repulsed by it. I think you will find that most normal, straight-thinking Americans feel likewise. It is distasteful, irreverent, vile, and absolutely horrible. I can't believe stuff like this is published. What has become of this once great nation? Both Savage and the people who write to him need to repent and turn to Jesus Christ. Their lifestyles are not pleasing to God. Whether they believe in Christ or not does not change the fact that he is real and that he will judge all. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Jon Berkepile
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rhetorical question
I have read some really terrible reviews in the Voice lately. J. Hoberman called Indians "noble savages" [ "Mel Gibson Is Responsible for All the Wars in the World," December 6–12] and for some reason the paper doesn't see fit to offer an apology for that racist phrase. More recently, Garrett Kamps calls young women my age "chicks" [ "Shop Till You Flop," December 13–19] and claims that my ideas about sex are embodied in that disgusting creature named Paris Hilton. Am I right to assume that writers for your magazine can spit out any racist or sexist garbage they please and have the pleasure of seeing it in print?
Crystal L.
Augusta, Georgia

Staff writers wanted
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Editor in Chief
The Village Voice
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