Your Views Sunday, May 26
Clumsy, suspect choice by OU regents
Regarding “Law dean selected to lead OU” (News, May 18): Did exhaustion and working into the wee hours of the morning affect the judgment of the University of Oklahoma regents? Why else would or could they have possibly made such a clumsy and suspect choice in selecting Joseph Harroz Jr., a person who served as David Boren's legislative director and legal counsel when Boren was a U.S. senator? Add to that Harroz served as chief legal counsel to Boren when he served as OU president. Have the regents never read The Good Book that advises us to avoid the very appearance of evil?
Janie Sylvester, Edmond
Questions for United Methodist leaders
I grew up in the Methodist Church and as my job relocated, we chose to remain Methodist. These moves took us to five churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas. We had two main reasons for remaining Methodist — first because of the way ministers are appointed by the Bishop's Cabinet with local church members' input and second because the local churches are mandated to give funds through the Conference apportionments outside their local churches.
It’s my understanding the recent actions of the General Conference were to reaffirm the traditional Methodist doctrines that openly gays cannot be ordained as ministers and that gay members cannot be married by a United Methodist minister. This stance was reinforced by adding penalties for ministers who perform gay marriages. The penalty for the first offense would be suspension without pay for one year and expulsion after the second offense.
What penalties are being assessed for ministers performing marriages for "regular" sinners? Also, can ministers perform funerals for gay members? I ask these questions to shine light on the absurdity of these penalties. It appears the United Methodist Church is no longer united and has started judging varying levels or degrees of sin!
Tom Miller, Oklahoma City