Letter to the Editor

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:29am

[Belmont University President] Bob Fisher has shown a real lack of leadership throughout this incident over the last two months. In fact, he's shown a sort of spinelessness that has diminished his standing in this community.

And his comments about Belmont's board being "my board" show he's really detached from reality. They are not his board. He is their president, hired and retained at their discretion.

Posted by "global citizen"


Filed under: City Voices

108 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/27/11 at 4:32

This note to the editor deserves about as much attention
as a bear's sneeze in the woods! Belmont's Board put
their position on the issue in writing and made same
verbally to the press. Now, Mr/Mrs global citizen wants
the head of someone they know nothing about but have
posted frequently, in nausa, about on every outlet available
for months now!

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 4:34

See Joel Olsteen recently give an interview with his wife? "Homosexuality is a sin". What do expect these Christians to say? You expect a Christian college in Tenn. to embrace gays? Totally bizzare and unrealistic.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 5:52

Good morning, Nashville!

Stuck on the gay thing, again? Ms. Howe's firing is the biggest thing to hit Nashville since the flood. Music City has to be America's most homophobic city.....there must be thousands of closeted gays in Nashville......so, where are all the piano bars?

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 5:58

Ah, we now have a hint as to who converted D7 to Christianity, the Olsteens.....Darge has gone over the edge for the Lord, lately...now we know why....a victim of televangelism. isn't that special?

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/11 at 6:00

This was on ESPN yesterday. The whole planet must know about this now.
Fantastic publicity for Belmont...

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 6:01

Was it Mrs. .Olsteen's hooters? She's another Rexella Van Impe, IMO. The bimbonic ministry can be quite effective. Old Darge is now a firm believer.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/11 at 6:10

Personally, I prefer this guy...


By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 6:12

Loner: Time to re-fill your medicine cabinent.
I didn't say I agreed w/ Olsteen, just as he's the biggest thing in televangelism with 20 million followers, what he had to say. Just yesterday.
If pressed, Rick Warren would say the same thing.
Those two are the modern day popular leaders of the Christian movement.
And 95% of Christians will never embrace, accept, or tolerate homosexuality.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 6:14

Thanks, House, I laughed so hard that tears flowed down my cheeks....felt like John Boehner for a minute. That's funny stuff!

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 6:19

I agree, Darge, time to refill my scrip. Rick Warren vets our presidential hopefuls for us, he's our national pastor, thanks to Obama and McCain. We have slid into Judeo-Christian theocracy....eternal holy war is the grim result.

So tell us, Darge, who filled you with the Holy Spirits? Door knockers, televangelists, radio holy man or what?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 6:19

Good morning


By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 6:19

I must disagree whole heartily with govskeptic. If a bear sneezes near me in the woods, it will get my attention.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 6:24


I hate to think what your kids are like. lol

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 6:25

Many who took LSD saw God...I took DSL and saw doG.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 6:36

I haven't "converted" from anything to anything.
The last church service I attended was on Kamaole Beach III on Maui.
You had to bring your own lawn chair. That was 8 years ago. I was reprimanded for looking and watching the whales breach more than listening to the "sermon".
I wouldn't attend any of the 100's of churches here in Tenn.
I'd be afraid I'd get shot during the last hymn.
The religion that most closely matches what I believe to be true is Toaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism...in that order.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 6:36


Are you telling me this is why I keep getting someone else’s mail?

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 6:43

Exactly, Captain Nemo.

You sound like a Jesus freak, D7, not any of those others....I mean you have been talking like Christ was God Himself....that's idolatry in Judaism and most other faiths.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 6:49

Just kidding Loner, my rural-carrier is very efficient and dependable. However the sub-carrier is questionable.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 7:03

I'm quite shocked you do not understand the central tenents of Christianity. Jesus WAS/ IS God, incarnate.
I could go on and on, but I can tell when I'm talking to a wall.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 7:14

Loner I gave up trying to tell when dargent was pulling our leg and when not. I just take him for who he is and not get all stress out over it. He brings up good arguing points and stimulates our minds into discussion.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 7:19

For me it does not matter if Christ is the son of God or not. It is his teachings I find important. And if he is the son of God…well we are all God’s children. If the teachings are correct.

By: Antisocialite on 1/27/11 at 7:52

I'm quite shocked you do not understand the central tenents of Christianity. Jesus WAS/ IS God, incarnate.

Why should that shock you?

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 7:59

Anti-S: Because he's said he was raised Catholic.
Worshipping Jesus is idolatry?
I've heard it all with that comment.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 8:47

I have clean the snow off my car and am now letting it defrost. This snow is deeper than anytime in resent memory, but I can say it is the pretties of the year at my house.

God or no God life is beautiful.

By: bfra on 1/27/11 at 8:49

Nemo - A very pretty, but cold looking "Good morning" picture. I agree with your 7:19 comment.

By: gdiafante on 1/27/11 at 9:03

I read an article that the worlds Muslim population will double in 20 years. Looks like Christianity is on the decline.

Faithful Christians have no cause for alarm. After all, the Bible predicts their victory.

So why are they so worried?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 9:08


Good morning

I was just outside and it is quite a beautiful but cold morning here.

I have thought for many years over the concept of Christ. The Bible was written 2000 yrs ago and the people of that time would not have understood what life would be like today. He’s teaching is what is important and his death may have been the only way that his teaching who survive after he was gone.

Martin Luther King teaching and the civil rights of all Americans did not really take place until after he was dead.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 9:10


Maybe because they really don’t believe.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/27/11 at 9:11

The car is defrosted, so I got to go. I hope you all have a good day.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/11 at 9:14

Loner, you gotta see this...


By: global_citizen on 1/27/11 at 9:23

govskeptic, I'm reluctant to even reply to your sneering and bitter rant, but you are incorrect on at least two points, specifically that I want Fisher's head and that I don't know him.

I don't wish him ill at all and I believe he's been a very good leader, up to this point, for Belmont. This has tarnished him and he's handled it poorly. Anything I say about him is meant as an admonishment, not an attack.

I've known Bob for four years. I've known him to be a gregarious, charming, and nice guy, but I've seen his demeanor change during this incident (or perhaps I'm seeing a side of him I haven't seen before). In any case, I wish him the best and hope to see in him once again those qualities that have given me a high opinion of him to this point.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 9:34

Let me educate you, D7. Yes the nuns thought Christ was God Himself...they were the "brides of Christ". Pretty effin' weird, IMO. Jews do consider Christianity to be idol worship; here's proof:

Here is a snippet from this official-looking Jewish site:


While the Christians do generally accept the Hebrew Bible as truly from God, many of them (those who accept the so-called divinity of Jesus) are idolaters according to the Torah, punishable by death, and certainly will not enjoy the World to Come.

There you have it, my Christian friends, the Jews tolerate you idol-worshipers...for now....just keep the money and arms flowing into the Jewish State and they will keep quiet as to the true feelings towards you and your idol.

Christians are useful idiots for the Jewish State concept.....think about it.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 9:45

That's pretty clever, House, but obviously not clever enough...they must have been smoking the payload. Damn...45 lbs of Cannabis would last me all year.....I have a lot of friends.

By: house_of_pain on 1/27/11 at 9:48

It takes a lot of trust(or pure desperation) to conduct transactions in that manner.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 9:52

News Item:

400 US rabbis signed a letter, to Rupert Murdoch, demanding that Glen Beck be rebuked for using Holocaust and Nazi imagery....notably, there was no such response to Steve Cohen's use of such imagery...the reason? Beck is a gentile, Cohen is not.

Here's the link:

I sent in a couple of Talkback comments but they were not published, the JPost has a strict censorship regime, as do all the Israeli newspapers, magazines etc. Israel boasts of being a secular democracy, but their press resembles the state-controled press of an oppressive police-state.

Why do we continue to establish this theocratic, colonial anomaly? Just ask Helen Thomas.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 9:54

They used Paypal, House.

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 9:56

Loner: As gD pointed out, the Muslim population will double in the USA in the next decade.
They will be the salient discriminated religion, surpassing Jews.
Their movement to gain human "rights" in America will be harder to obtain than the Black's civil rights in the 60's and to this day.
And as long as America has occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Middle East, 20 years later, and there is car bomb after suicide bomb there, week after week, all by Muslims, they are all going to find discrimination and an uphill battle.
As in Mt. Everest.
My God, 80% of the south hate Obama.

By: pswindle on 1/27/11 at 9:56

And the preachers are wondering what is happeining to their congregation because it is mostly older people that have not learned the truth. I thougth that all men were created equal. Do we go by the contstiitution or by the so called faith leaders?

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:01

I agree with govskeptic. Fishers comment of ''my board'' could easily be interpreted as someone referring to their supervisor as ''my boss.'' A nitpicking post indeed. Loner's latest LTE to the CP would have been more interesting, even if it was about Israel.

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:05

Not thats there's anything wrong with talking about Israel.

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 10:10

More educational material from the same Jewish site that I cited @ 9:34:

As the discussion above explained, Jews have a lot of responsibilities that non-Jews do not have. To be considered a good and righteous person in the eyes of God, a non-Jew need only follow the seven Noahic commandments, whereas a Jew has to follow all 613 commandments given in the Torah. If the potential convert is not going to follow those extra rules, it is better for him or her to stay a Gentile, and since we as Jews are all responsible for each other, it is better for us too if that person stayed a Gentile. The rabbinically mandated attempt to dissuade a convert is intended to make sure that the prospective convert is serious and willing to take on all this extra responsibility.

How about that, the same folks that asked for Barabbas, instead of Jesus, have " a lot of responsibilities that non-Jews do not have. " It's as if we non-Jews are Homo sapiens lite ...only so much spiritual genetic material to work with, I suppose.

Should we stop putting the Ten Commandments in our federal buildings? The seven Noahic laws are all that we underlings need to observe, according to our overlords in Israel. Where are the Noahic commandments? This is serious stuff, America.

Oh yeah, these Zionists are the "Chosen" ones....we are here to serve them. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, an Israeli Rabbi and politician explained it that way recently. Check it out, here's the JPost story:


Excuse me, but I am not ready to be anyone's "donkey" and that includes the Chosen People in the Promised land.

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:15

''Beast Of Burden''
-Rolling Stones

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 10:16

My LTE was not about Israel, but about the proposed anti-discrimination bill...the missive probably is in the editing room wastebasket, by now, Slacker...outside agitators are not all that welcome in the South.

That's OK, my ego can stand the rejections....BWAHHH!!!

By: dargent7 on 1/27/11 at 10:17

pswindle: You are so wrong. Joel Olsteen and Rick Warren's congregations, book buyers, tapes, and DVD's, are in their 30's.
The days of Pat Robertson are indeed over, but these two own the gauntlet.

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:19

Loner, I would love to read it. I'm sure you ask the question of how, and by who, would it be enforced?

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 10:23

Let's list all 613 commandments that Jews need to observe alongside the Ten Commandments and the Seven Noahic Laws in our US public buildings...otherwise, we risk being anti-Semitic, no?

We donkeys get 7 rules to live by, Jews have to abide by 613 rules...wow, those folks sure do have a lot of spiritual genetic material in their veins...makes me feel like a pagan barbarian....hell, my dog has to obey more than 7 rules....the Rabbis must consider us non-Jews to be absolutely sub-human....with a very limited capacity for spirituality.

All hail, Israel!

By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 10:24

Slack, the LTE ended with this slogan: "Contemplate before you Legislate."

Too deep?

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:29

Jessie Jackson couldn't have done it beater Loner.

By: slacker on 1/27/11 at 10:30


By: Loner on 1/27/11 at 10:30

Let me just say, for the record, I reject all of the organized religions.....the Abrahamic faiths and the non-Abrahamic faiths. On balance, they are impediments to mankind's full development as a sapient being. They all have clauses by which violence is justified...I reject that idea. Religion has bedeviled our species for far too long.