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Homophobia From a Christian Minister

November 06, 2003

Re "Let Matthew Shepard Rest," Nov. 3: I am appalled that any person, let alone a pastor of the Christian church, should feel so much hate regarding someone not conforming to his interpretation of the Bible. He quotes the Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament, but he should keep in mind when and by whom that book was written. How does he know where Matthew's spirit has gone? And what happened to "judge not that ye be not judged"?

It is this type of fanatical hatred that fuels violence in our world. Not all fanatical extremists are in other lands; many are right here in our midst. I fervently hope the Rev. Fred Phelps' wish to have his monument of hate is never granted. I do not want to be with Phelps in the afterlife if, indeed, there is one. I'd be a lot happier in hell with Matthew! Rest in peace, Matthew.

Coral Norton

Port Hueneme

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