Magazine | May 28, 2012, Issue

Letters

Don’t Be Cross with Her

In “Occupy the Senate” (April 16), Kevin D. Williamson claims that Elizabeth Warren “was conspicuous in failing to cross herself” at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston, “even though the signum crucis is a common feature of Methodist worship.” But in my 72 years as a Methodist — during which time I have attended more than 2,500 services — I have never seen a layman make the sign of the cross. Maybe two or three showoff clerics, but never a layman.

My experience has been largely in North Carolina, but it also includes three years in D.C., as well as a year in Cambridge, Mass., at Harvard-Epworth Church. Elizabeth Warren has serious flaws, but not making the sign of the cross is probably not one of them.

Michael Childs

Via e-mail

 

Off by Half a Year

In The Week (April 16), The Editors mention that Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her diamond jubilee, and claim that in “three more years . . . she will have the historic distinction of reigning longer than her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.” This statement is not quite accurate.

Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months, from June of 1837 until January of 1901. To surpass her time on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II — who ascended to the throne in February of 1952 when her father, George VI, passed away — would need to serve not until April of 2015, but beyond September of 2015.

J. Gilberto Quezada

San Antonio, Texas

 

Quiet Authority

My wife and I noted this comment in Jonah Goldberg’s “Goliath and David” (April 30): “As the folks at Hebrew National say, ‘We answer to a higher authority.’”

Would that it were so. My wife and I are two goyim (Anglicans, to be precise) who dote on Hebrew National’s beef franks, but we have missed that pleasant theology on the packages for a number of months. We can’t help but wonder what drove the deletion.

Robert J. Powers

Via e-mail

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