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Hateful People Also Rise

January 22, 2000

In response to the Saturday Letters headline question last week, "Is Dr. Laura's Anti-Gay Stance Based on Religion or Bigotry?": Might it be religious bigotry?

A. GILMAN

Rancho Palos Verdes

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Reader Stuart Krane's claim that "hateful people do not rise to Dr. Laura's level of success--not in America, anyway" is plain wrong. In the 1930s, Father Charles Coughlin, a charismatic radio preacher, enjoyed considerable success by pandering to Americans' fears and insecurities, scapegoating both urban Irish-Catholics and Jews. Like Dr. Laura, Father Coughlin targeted the vulnerable groups in American society, using the Bible as a shield.

BONNIE SLOANE

Los Angeles

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I'm glad to see that Stuart Krane, Dr. Laura Schlessinger's syndicator, feels he can have an unbiased opinion concerning her bigotry. I have to disagree with his statement that hateful people do not rise to her level of success. Hey, hasn't he ever heard of Patrick Buchanan?

MICHAEL MIZERANY

North Hollywood

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Re your headline "Is Dr. Laura's Anti-Gay Stance Based on Religion or Bigotry?": Is there a difference?

ED KREBS

South Laguna

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