Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 24, 2013

Tired of media stance on homosexuals

— — I am sick of those in the media — and yes, the Daily Telegraph qualifies — seizing the moral high ground and talking down to the rest of us intolerant Christians. I won’t reel out all the arguments against gay marriage, and there are plenty of non-religious ones, despite what Bill O’Reilly says. Gay people have all the rights that all Americans enjoy because our Constitution applies to everyone. Personally, I don’t consider marriage to be a right, but that’s a debatable point. Moreover, it particularly incenses me to hear Jason Collins compared to the great Jackie Robinson, who suffered more than any human being should have had to in order to achieve justice for African Americans in professional sports. Who cares if Jason Collins is homosexual, especially in this day and age? If it were the 1960s, yes, it would have been a remarkable act for him to “come out.”  But in 2013? Please. And our president calls Mr. Collins to tell him how “courageous” he is, even though Mr. Obama has yet to call the parents of the truly courageous men who died in Benghazi, Libya. But that’s another story.

So don’t preach to us about how Jesus would have treated homosexuals. Although the gospels are silent on the fact, Jesus probably did break bread with gay people. But did he tell them, “whatever you do is OK because I made you that way?” I don’t think so. He would have told them to repent, and if they did so he would have forgiven their sins. True Christians don’t hate gays, because we are all sinners. So either you believe in sin or you don’t. If you don’t, you can’t call yourself a Christian. Or is that being too “intolerant?”

Richard Haggerty

Bluefield

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