To The Sun:
This letter is in reference to an advertisement a Parsons man purchased to run in your newspaper in the Nov. 3 issue. The ad spoke about the “abomination” of homosexuality and urged voters to go to the polls and vote “right” as a means to combat this. Whether or not this ad used God and the Bible to support its stance, this is pure unadulterated hate speech and I do not believe hate speech should be given space in your newspaper.
How would this be any different from someone running an ad with anti-minority statements, perhaps in favor of slavery? What’s different here, that the ad invoked the Bible? Guess what? Throughout history men have used the Bible to justify their racism and detestable stances on slavery. That is absolutely a fact you can look up if you have time.
Yes, Leviticus does state that homosexuality is an abomination. That same book also discusses other abominations, such as eating shrimp, sewing with mixed fabrics, shaving and cutting one’s hair and planting multiple seeds in the same crop. But where are the ads attacking those things?
At the end of the day, this ad is anti-LGBT hate speech, no matter how you slice it. I am not gay, nor am I a Christian. I’m just a compassionate human being who believes in treating other human beings as the equals that they are.
Two things: 1) If a person dislikes homosexuality, the answer to this is pretty simple: Don’t engage in homosexual acts and mind your own business. I don’t like pickles, but I don’t want to outlaw other people from eating them. That would be silly, right? 2) When someone else obtains equal rights, that does not somehow mean you lose your rights. The rights are now equal, or the same. This is not a pie, you do not somehow lose your share.
The man who paid to run this ad was correct though, the Bible does say that homosexuality is a sin. But if I remember correctly, judging other people is also a sin (Matthew 7: “judge not, lest ye be judged”). But apparently the man who ran this ad forgot that one. — ANDREW J. RAUSCH, Parsons