Letters from the Issue of February 23, 2006

I am very proud to serve this diverse city

Chief Complaint

Never, ever happened: It came to my attention there were quotes in The Bitch's story "Never, or Then" (February 16) that were attributed to me which I did not say. These comments (which I did not make) were derogatory to the Cuban community and may damage the relations of this department with the Cuban community that we have worked so hard to develop. It should be noted that during the event, my executive assistant, Angel Calzadilla, was with me the entire time, and he attests that those words were not uttered. I have nothing but respect for the Cuban community as well as the other communities of Miami. I am very proud to serve this diverse city and would not engage in any conversation that would disparage any group.

Chief John F. Timoney
Miami Police Department

Editor's note: Calzadilla, a Cuban American who was in charge of the chief's security at the Ocean Drive magazine party described in the column, confirms the chief's claim. "We were together the whole friggin' night. He did not say it, does not feel it, does not think it." Two New Times reporters, however, contend they witnessed the outburst and that Calzadilla was not present.

Eat, Drink, But

Don't do it on weekends: Another great review by Lee Klein ("Glamo-R-ous," February 16)! I've been dying to try out o-R-o but, as always, was waiting on Mr. Klein for the final word. Now, instead of getting cranky while waiting on a Saturday night, we'll check it out on a Thursday. Looking forward to the next one.

Carolina Gelber
Miami Beach

Jeez Louise

He saved her kid: Concerning Mariah Blake's article about the man claiming to be Jesus Christ, "Jesus Redux" (February 9): My name is Belinda Mondui, and I am 47 years old and from Honduras. I am very happy to belong to the ministry Growing in Grace. I am prosperous and have a giant family of faith. Many of the things documented in Mariah Blake's article about Jesus Christ the man (José Luis De Jesus) are true. I can say with great pride I have lived and seen the changes in my life and in my family. I have four children ages 18 to 26, and one of them suffered from leukemia. But now we are free of all suffering. My daughter is happy. I, like many others, enjoy the Truth as proclaimed by Him. Listen and you will see it is the only truth, and it will make you happy.

Belinda Mondui
Via the Internet

But he never claimed to be Paul: This is a brief note congratulating you on an article well written. I am a successful mortgage director for a company here in Miami, and I have been attending the church in question for more than eleven years. I have to tell you that I am not a Bible thumper, but I do know how to read. The great thing about Growing in Grace is that everything that is preached is written in the Bible. It is not interpretation, mind you; it is what is written ("The Devil has been destroyed," Heb 2:14, et cetera.) I don't want to tire you by citing biblical scriptures, but there are countless in the doctrine.

José Luis De Jesus Miranda always tells the congregation: "Don't say that I am God; not José Luis. I am a man and have the same flesh or worse than you. If you want to hear the word of God, close your eyes and the words you hear will be unmistakable."

By the way, he has never stated he is the reincarnation of Paul. What he has said is he is the only one (and please attempt to prove him wrong) who is preaching the exact doctrine as written by Paul in his fourteen epistles (Romans to Hebrews).

A question I would ask myself if I weren't a part of this church is: How could churches spring up around the world without this guy even visiting? Congregations in Italy, Australia, Spain, and Cuba, to name a few, are places that are flourishing and they have never had the pleasure of seeing this guy in person. Yet they are convinced the words he speaks are the true Gospel as was meant for the gentiles. The problem is that the Gospel given to Peter was meant for the Jews and taught by Jesus of Nazareth, himself a Jew and who was preaching to God's chosen people, the Jews.

They turned their back on him, and to this day they are still awaiting the Messiah. Prior to that, all the teachings were for God's chosen people, the Jews, through the Holy Bible. That is really pretty easy to comprehend.

Andy Soberon

He has clean hands: I think born-again Christians should leave De Jesus alone and let him play Daddy. You have to have common sense. They probably do not believe he is Christ. The fact is that one hand washes the other. Daddy does this for you, and you do this for Daddy. Also, anything for the press, if you know what I mean.

I do have to say, your newspaper is pretty interesting, especially now more than ever before. Your ratings are definitely going higher with the Puerto Rican Jesus Christ! Compliments to the press.

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