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