Without that letter, it is impossible to read this letter in the proper context. Just imagine that the previous letter made some rather extraordinary claims, like that the Earth is 132 years old, that belief in Jesus causes your socks to be permanently free of static cling, or that tomatoes are vegetables. As a result, I found it appropriate to be more abusive and sarcastic than was strictly necessary. Not that you should read this prologue as an apology.
Here is the letter:
This letter was subsequently printed in the C.T. (don't remember the exact issue, or even specifically which year, but it was roughly Feb. in roughly 1993). It was printed under the large banner "What's the difference between a chicken?"I am writing to comment on the "Biblical Facts" (CT, Feb. 9) column and CFC's (I mean Crusaders for Christ, whoses Josh poster metaphors reach far into the outer atmosphere and rampantly destroy ozone). Josh McDowell's "teast-mystery-hype-let's-put-posters-on-peoples'- bathroom-doors" technique has a major disadvantage: people like myself tend to point out discrepancies in both the ads and the product. Here's an example: "How can so many meaningful relationships yield such a small meaning?" You may as well ask "What's the difference between a chicken?" In my experience, anyone who has lots of meaningful relationships gets their meaning from the fun and enjoyment of living their lives. Josh's answer that changing your beliefs to a scientifically invalid closed-minded outdated static system invented 2000 years ago will fix your personal problems makes as much sense as the answer to my chicken question above: "One of its legs is the same." I represent a nonexistent organization: Friends of Geörge (as in "I will hug him and squeeze him and call him George"). I hereby give honorary membership to anyone who has seen and appreciated our posters, and amnesty to anyone who has taken them to put on their door. -- Chris Hehman, Acting Assistant Ombudsman of F.O.G. Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Thinking for Yourself
The editor, unfortunately, chose to correct my intentional abuses of grammar, insert his own abuses, misspell at least one word, leave in the one misspelling that I committed, and omit the diacritical mark necessary to correctly spell Geörge. But since it was printed, I suppose I should be grateful.
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