Letters

Letters from the issue of Thursday, August 11, 2005

Every Jett and Kreme column I've attempted reading has been a literary turd. Thanks for the lack of substance this week, the insult to your readers who look forward to pertinent articles. This was the proverbial "fuck you" to those who support your rhetoric. I can almost see the shadow of a fist flipping me the bird on your front cover.
J. West, Scottsdale

God's Will

A case of selective reading: Sarah Fenske's "The Last Supper" feature was a commendable piece of balanced journalism (July 21), and how New Times reader Rob Frier concludes that Fenske "took sides" against Serrano's is beyond me ("A Welcome Policy," Letters, July 28). It appears that his own bias resulted in a case of selective reading.

However, like Frier, my sympathies in this matter lie with Serrano's. To the reader who asked "what Jesus would do"? I can only surmise that if fired Serrano's employee Terra Naeve were really as tight with the Almighty as she claims to be, He would have helped her find another job.

The fact of the matter is, if Naeve had been leading a group studying human evolution instead of the Bible, her most ardent supporters would be praising the court's decision, not praying for justice to be done. That makes them hypocrites, plain and simple.
Christopher Davis, Phoenix

Walk the Christian walk: In regard to your article "The Last Supper," I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. But this article speaks unfairly in regard to God's character. God's character is constant and never-changing. I want to speak of His integrity. God is a covenant keeper. A covenant and a contract are the same. Accountability is required.

God stands by all His covenants, or promises. God expects His people to be covenant keepers as well. God does not expect or ask people to make contracts they cannot keep. Nor does He put them in situations where they would need to disobey His terms. God gives people wisdom, when they seek Him, regarding making such covenants.

According to God's word, once Terra Naeve agreed to the "no fraternization" rule at Serrano's, she had to be accountable for it. Even if it meant she needed to leave the Bible study group to keep her job. God's word did not tell her to break the covenant by disobeying her employer and remain part of the Bible study. God expects Christians to walk according to His commands and ways, but we still must play by the rules. Hopefully, Terra Naeve has learned that she needs next time to ask more questions before blindly signing on the dotted line.

It was unloving for her to force Serrano's to fire her. It was unloving for her to take out her frustration and anger by dragging this into court. It was unloving for her to say her rights were violated. It will be unloving if she proceeds with the appeal. This is about her pride, not God's commands. I believe that God has upheld the Serrano family, as evidenced by the court ruling.
Karen Newell, Phoenix

A wake-up call: I applaud the Serrano family for not being intimidated by the EEOC and Terra Naeve.

Terra signed off on the restaurant's policy as part of her employment agreement. Now she is trying to hide behind a religious pretext that the EEOC is pushing. The article shows that the Serranos tried to accommodate Terra. But rather than accept her mistake, she invoked God's will and insisted she did nothing wrong.

Here's a wake-up call for Terra: Arizona is a right-to-work state, and if you must violate your employer's policies, then hit the pavement. Find a job that will allow you to mentor a Bible-study class. Don't blame the Serranos for a decision that you made of your own free will.

This is just another case of the "I'm a victim" mentality in our society. Instead of accepting that God doesn't pay the rent, Terra Naeve got a lawyer and sued!

The Serranos can look forward to my increased patronage.
Name withheld by request

Class action: Well, of course the Serranos are bigots!

Studying the Bible is equivalent to pressuring young hostesses to drive around with a manager?! To believe that, you'd have to be a moron or so bigoted that you can't grasp reality.

No, the Serranos didn't want to fire Terra Naeve -- they just wanted to control her life 24/7. They claim that they don't "toot [their] horns" about their religion, but they did manage to let your reporter know how much they help out at St. Vincent's Catholic church.

They ban "fraternization" among managers, yet they practice nepotism among management. More hypocrisy. Their lawyer tells the jury that Serrano's employees "can learn the Bible from anybody." Well, anybody except a manager at Serrano's.

To assert some slippery slope is just inane. Even though the Serrano's attorney tried to find evidence of religious solicitation, he couldn't. Of course, lack of evidence didn't dissuade him or apparently his clients from their bigotry.
George Ertel, Scottsdale

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