Letters from the issue of Thursday, August 4, 2005

What about Ms. Naeve's signed agreement with Serrano's against fraternization -- is she also not familiar with Ecclesiastes 5:5,6, which speaks to making vows? And what about Matthew 5:33-37, where believers are instructed to keep their word? There is also Ephesians 6:5-7, which outlines the employee/employer relationship clearly as a master and servant model.

Is Ms. Naeve a "baby Christian" and yet unfamiliar with the Bible's guidelines for living in the world while not being a part of it? If this is the case, Ms. Naeve's pastor should have known better and advised her appropriately (a whole other subject that begs scrutiny).
Kelly A. Siebecke, Concrete, Washington

Management/employee division: Thank you for taking the time to go in-depth on the Serrano's story. I lead a small nondenominational Christian group at my house, but I believe that Serrano's policy is fair. There should be a division between management and employees to keep things fair at a place of business. My company (I am a warehouse manager) does not have that policy, but it is something I try to practice on my own. When fellow employees ask me what religion I belong to, I tell them. But I tell them how it has been good for me, my life before and after discovering God.
R. Van Damme, via the Internet

Hearing God's call: This is only the second time in my 66 years that I have found it necessary to comment on a newspaper article, but there are a couple of fairly glaring facts that apparently were not pursued by either the defense or the prosecution in this matter. In fact, the subhead to your article ("It's not easy when your boss tells you to do one thing and God tells you to do another") hit the nail on the head!

I think it's obvious that it can be proven by verifiable facts that Serrano's did tell Terra Naeve that she was prohibited from fraternizing "with subordinates outside of work. Period." What cannot be ascertained at all is that Ms. Naeve heard "God's call." I find it incredulous that a government entity would pursue the Serranos based upon a totally unverifiable statement. Why should the government have taken the position that Ms. Naeve's word transcended facts? Ms. Naeve could no more prove that God had called her to do this work than Serrano's could prove that He had not; consequently, the law should favor Serrano's, for you simply cannot make the exception the government made in this matter without bursting the dam! Also, it is preposterous -- if not absurd -- to expect one to believe that God spoke to her through a manmade religion!

Now, if you're saying to yourself, "Huh! The nerve of this guy to make a statement like that! Who does he think he is?", then you have some idea of how I felt about the government pursuing a case so vigorously without any credible proof of Ms. Naeve's claim! That is ridiculous! It was inappropriate for Sarah Fenske to write, "and God tells you to do another," because you cannot prove that God spoke to Ms. Naeve and told her what to do.
Francis Vigneri, via the Internet

Film Schooled

You were expecting Casablanca?: I went to see Wedding Crashers based on Robert Wilonsky's review, and I want Wilonsky to give me my damn money back ("Always a Bridesmaid," Film, July 14)!

He compared it to Old School, which also starred Vince Vaughn, and I can see the comparison, except that Old School was twice as funny.

The only really funny part of Wedding Crashers was when Will Ferrell came on screen briefly. And that was the part that Wilonsky thought was the least funny. Go figure!

Vince Vaughn was so over the top that his character was ridiculous. It was as if he had no lines to learn; the writer and director just seemingly let him riff about anything he liked. The result was a babbling bore.

Wilonsky was right about one thing, though. The movie was way too long. There was only enough comedy here for maybe a half-hour sitcom.
Corey Gillespie, Tucson

A second take: You guys were sure on the money about Wedding Crashers. Comic genius!

Only I take issue with Robert Wilonsky's saying the movie should have been cut when Vince Vaughn's and Owen Wilson's characters are outed as impostors and forced to leave the estate of Christopher Walken's character. What followed, while maybe not as slapstick funny as earlier stuff in the movie, was the best part of the film.
Clyde Cathcart, via the Internet

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