In a letter to Abbotsford News editor Andrew Holota, Gerda Peachey responds to statements regarding City’s community standards bylaw.
Hi Andrew: Your editorial is rich in sneering, put-down.
Since you even bother to touch our 10 minute delegations to Council, about community standards enforced, (or not) at publicly-owned facilities, you would have done well to also bother to read Richard’s script.
Then you might have noticed the many references to people who are not Christians, but who have the brains to see Lingerie, (or its new incarnation) ‘football’, for what it really is.
Though you can only see what City Hall wants you to see, plenty of thinking, non-Christians, get it. This is only Mortaza making money on the exploitation of women. What is accurate in your editorial is the silence of the Christians. And so I thank God for my pagan friends.
Bruce Banman threw in plenty of red herrings, after my ten minutes before ‘his worship’ last Nov., but not a thing of substance.
We do have morality, decency clauses that pertain to our public buildings. Banman says not a word about those existing clauses, but he grandly, and three times exhorted me about “the Supreme Court”. Richard asked him to provide references to those Supreme Court rulings, – but as is the custom at Abbotsford City Hall, when they’re caught bluffing, they just ignore the question.
I wish you would give this community more news and editorials that show courage and independent journalistic analysis
For a long time now, you have treated all things City Hall with kid gloves. You have been silent, or oh so gentle, on major controversies in our City. Plan A, P3 for Stave Lake, AESC bungles, subsidy for the Abbotsford Heat.
I don’t need affirmation from you about who God is and what he expects of us humans, whom he created, but I do look to you for quality, courageous and independent reporting. It’s the lifeblood of democracy. That’s what you once gave us.
So feel free to critique me (and Richard), give it your best shot. But use intelligent arguments, based at least in part on what we actually say. Don’t just slavishly regurgitate what you think the City wants you to print, because you don’t want to lose the lucrative advertising they send your way.