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Letters to the editor

January 27, 2004

Stay in the closet


To the editor:

Have you ever been sitting in a restaurant and overheard a conversation close by, where the company uses profanity in their manner of speaking? What do you do? Ignore it? Tolerate it? If it becomes too loud or offensive you might ask them to keep it to themselves. If it becomes outrageous enough you might even ask to be seated at another table.

This is exactly the way I feel about homosexuality. In fact, much like profanity, there is absolutely nothing in this act that is beneficial to man, mankind or God. It does not benefit the practicioners of such and only serves to pleasure them for a season.

It does not add anything to mankind as race, as nothing can be derived from this act that is productive, and God has voiced a strong opinion against it (since he is our creator, I would think his opinion counts for something). In fact, much like the pronunciation of obscenities, this action only serves to bring shame on the practicioners.

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This is exactly the reason that those who perform these acts work hard to justify their actions. They claim they have rights, and I agree. But inasmuch as I do not like to be exposed to blatant profanity, neither do I want to be exposed to this practice. I suppose some would be offended if I were to continually preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

I respect that opinion. In fact, I don't wear my beliefs on my chest as a badge, not because I'm ashamed, but out of respect to those who would disagree. On the other hand, I am tired of being deluged with attempts to justify an act that I find offensive.

Everywhere I turn, it seems, the "in your face" kind of media is promoting such acts. I want to be able to ignore it, but it is becoming louder and more obnoxious. Should I ask the practitioners to respect me and keep their outcry to a lower level?

I just want to be left alone, to be able to live a life that I see as correct, I will not embrace homosexuality as acceptable, and wish that these ones that desire to promulgate it acts would leave me alone.

I want to go on the record as applauding the mayor for his comments. He does have the reputation of this city to think about, and as its leading official he has a right to voice concern about things that would affect the city in a negative way.

I also want to say I hang my head in silent shame when I see him backing down and trying to lessen the impact of his comments.

Mark Dressler
Hagerstown




'Christian' nation was born in sin


To the editor:

As a believer in Christianity, I find it offensive when anyone claims that the United States was founded on "Christian principles," as Dianne Glazer did in her letter of Jan. 23.

I do not consider the slaughter of one race and the subjugation of another to be in any way compatible with the teachings of Jesus.

The American nation, like any human endeavor, was born in sin. But America stands much closer to "Christian principles" today than it did 200 years ago.

Despite the fact that capital punishment is still federally sanctioned, and that the military is now used to launch unprovoked attacks, America has progressed toward a more Christianized culture than it had in the days of slavery, or segregation, or the Indian genocide, or the Japanese internment camps.

The U.S. has fewer Christians per capita now than in the past, but how we worship is less important than how we live. Al Capone was a baptized Christian; Mahatma Gandhi a Hindu. Would anyone prefer a nation of Capones to a nation of Gandhis?

Zachary Z. E. Bennett
Hagerstown

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