Reading Los Angeles: Join The Times' new book club
Opinion Readers React
Readers React

Plenty of churchgoers support marriage equality

To the editor: It was fascinating to read about a small church doing good work in the heart of Isla Vista, home of UC Santa Barbara. Yet I was saddened to see the article marred by ignorance and prejudice. ("Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit," Aug. 11)

Concerning the "struggle religious groups are facing throughout the country," the article offered the explanation that many young people "identified as political liberals and were in favor of same-sex marriage." Believe it or not, many religious communities, and many Christian churches, welcome liberals and same-sex couples.

I walk past the Jesus Burgers house every day and have no idea if the pastor is politically intolerant (does not welcome liberals) or socially bigoted (does not welcome same-sex couples); I certainly hope that is not the case. But The Times should not assume that religious belief requires intolerance and bigotry.

Francis Dunn, Isla Vista


To the editor: If the good folks at Jesus Burgers would really like to stop the cycle of violence and move toward a world of less selfishness and greater compassion, I highly recommend they switch to serving vegan veggie burgers instead of the mutilated corpses of cows that lived in misery on factory farms and whose raising, feeding and slaughtering constitute an enormous amount of pollution and wasted resources.

Stephanie Bennett, Northridge

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit
    Jesus Burgers offers Isla Vista food for body and spirit

    Angela Boyd bounced on the balls of her feet as the smell of sizzling meat pierced the ocean breeze. The 19-year-old and her friends were about to celebrate her birthday in Isla Vista, but they were making a pit stop at the Jesus Burgers house.

  • California caves to vaccination deniers
    California caves to vaccination deniers

    To the editor: Any scheme that allows religion-based exemptions to state-mandated vaccinations of children will doom many public schools to low immunity levels that risk disease outbreaks like the measles scare that originated at Disneyland last year. ("California's measles outbreak is over, but...

  • We can't fight homelessness without providing homes

    To the editor: Without an adequate supply of affordable housing, we will not end homelessness in our city. ("L.A. spends $100 million a year on homelessness, city report finds," April 16)

  • Father Serra looms large in California's history

    To the editor: Without Father Junipero Serra, California has no history. I have just helped a grandchild work through the fourth grade, and I am more respectful of the accomplishments of Serra than ever before. ("Time to retire the Father Serra statue in Washington?," editorial, April 17)

  • GOP and Obamacare: what could have been

    To the editor: Early on in the healthcare debate, Republicans squandered a grand opportunity to take due credit for a major part of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate. ("Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold," April 18)

  • Teachers should acknowledge problems with tenure

    To the editor: One letter writer, a teacher, said she's "really ticked off" that some people think tenure makes teachers lazy. ("Tenure isn't Easy Street for teachers," Readers React, April 17)

  • Make California's water hogs pay
    Make California's water hogs pay

    To the editor: I hope you received lots of outraged letters about the jaw-droppingly selfish customer who asked whom he should sue for the decrease in his property's value when his landscaping dies. Meanwhile, the Desert Water Agency general manager who serves this customer, David Luker, had the...

  • Turkey's sensitivity over the Armenian genocide

    To the editor: The genocide of the Armenians 100 years ago is a well-known historical catastrophe. ("On Armenian genocide, go ahead and offend Turkey," op-ed, April 15)