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April 26, 2007

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WAM, what a column! What guts! I was thirty when I came out and I can't imagine what christine must have gone through. You have a way with words. I like what I read and the absurdity of it all.
Thanks

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My pleasure, WJB3. Write ol' Christine a supportive email!

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Your article was frank, self-deprecating, soul-baring, upbeat, brave and honest. We can't think of a more dignified way of handling it. We can't conceive of a more apt role model for anyone. We don't know you but we're proud of you.

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Heya, Christine

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to a catchy beat. A new version of the Bible, called "The Way" was all the rage. "The Way" featured on its cover a photo of a hippy couple, hand-in-hand, skipping blissfully through a field. "The Way" still instructed us to execute homos, adulterers and shrimp eaters, but we felt infinitely groovier about it.

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ely tacky "Injun" motif; campers slept in enormous tepees, and were divided into tribes (we were, unsurprisingly, a Kickapoo). It was every bit as authentic as the late Ricardo Montalban's performance as Little Wolf in Cheyenne Autumn. But what truly set it apart was what ID-RA-HA-JE stood for. It meant, of course, "I'd Rather Have Jesus."

Even as an impressionable child of 8, we were troubled by two things: first, we strongly suspected that a genuine Kickapoo would rather have many things other than Jesus (their land, their dignity, a jug of fire water, to name a few). Second, we were never offered the alternative. I'd Rather Have Jesus than what? An evening at the

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