I read the article entitled “Parade Rest” in the Jan. 16 issue of the Mountain Xpress. I rarely feel compelled to write regarding the poor behavior of the City Council—over which, sadly, I have no say. But I was incensed by the comments of Carl Mumpower, to wit: “While they are at it, I hope we get back to calling the event a Christmas Parade. Other faiths and perspectives are free to organize their own parade and call it what they like. … The Christian majority of WNC should be supported in their spiritual liberties like any other faith.”
Forgive me, but I was under the impression that Christians (in the true sense) were an inclusive group who believed in offering friendship and kindness and fair treatment to all. I wouldn’t choose to be a member of the group to which Mr. Mumpower belongs. I certainly wouldn’t choose to discriminate against the wonderful assortment of participants who choose to celebrate the season of love and giving. Apparently, Mr. Mumpower would.
Perhaps Mr. Mumpower should throw his own parade, for himself. Perhaps with some goose-stepping and some jackboots.
Please, let us all remember Mr. Mumpower’s words in his try for an office [U.S. Congress] with greater power than the City Council. Someone with such exclusions shouldn’t represent a dynamic and diversified populace as the one here in WNC.
— Kelly Banner