Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

January 17, 2014

Jan. 15 column was ‘hate speech’

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I am writing this letter to the editor in rebuttal to the “Christian” column by Corene Fisher, attacking homosexual citizens published in your/our community newspaper on Jan. 15.

There are countless admonitions in the Bible that differ with what is deemed appropriate today. Nowadays, in the U.S., stoning is regarded as archaic; no one is encouraged to sleep with a handmaiden if a wife is sterile; no one will be turned into a pillar of salt for looking back; and sinful cities are not felled to the ground murdering all inhabitants (because we know innocents/infants are found everywhere, even in evil places). The ancient scribes who wrote books of the Bible may have thought God was speaking directly to them, but thousands of others have also claimed God spoke to them, with many receiving some rather quirky messages.

Religions of the world maintain a variety of beliefs. Separation of church and state is an American value established by our founders, a large number of whom were not Christians, but Deists, and some (gasp) were atheists. Do not advise me to leave the nation of my birth and heritage. What has happened to Christian tolerance?

Freedom of speech has always had restrictions. Employees certainly have the right to speak as they wish, but they can be terminated for doing so if the employer finds harm has occurred to the employer’s interests. Hate speech is never appropriate, especially when death is something the speaker advocates (murder is against the law, if not against one’s religion). Impressionable readers of Fisher’s column could be inspired to cause harm to targeted people.

Human (animal) sexuality is complex. Scientific studies of hormones, chemicals, and genetics find a wide array of mind and body sets, and this array does not find that some sets are deviant while others are status quo. People are not of two narrow modes.

This world would be a far better place if those who focus so much attention on their distaste for homosexuality would focus as much effort on the truly horrible sexual deviations of pederasty, sex slave trafficking, and pornography involving illegal acts that unquestionably cause harm to victims. Somewhere in this county, a child is being raped this week; in nearby cities, women are drugged or bound to beds to be used by male visitors, and films and photographs are made of these acts. We need to fight the real problems in the world.

Homosexuality harms no one. Some of the most wonderful people in Tahlequah happen to be homosexuals. Many are among my friends. Tahlequah businesses are owned by these friends. Gays and lesbians serve on committees, participate in organizations and events, and some attend churches. None should have to read attacks on them in their local paper. A hate crime occurred on Jan. 15 and many people are implicated in this crime.

Tahlequah Daily Press should not allow someone (whose only author credentials are that of a retired cafeteria worker) to post a hate-mongering column about religion, sexual mores and the contention that God does not make homosexuals, but that they make themselves (while science proves otherwise). Bad science, bad journalism, bad spewing of hatred recommending death to people who are law-abiding, contributing citizens of our community.

Karen Cooper

Tahlequah

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