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September 22, 1998
Let me see if I have this right. L.A. Episcopal Bishop Fred Borsch opposes his own church's declaration that "homosexuality is incompatible with biblical morality" and instead feels that same-sex relationships also have God's blessing ('Episcopal Gays Tell Bishop They Fear Intolerant Trend," Sept. 13). If I go to Bishop Borsch's church. does that mean I too can have my specific sin rationalized and excused, or do I have to find another church that expunges that particular part of Scripture?
March 6, 1990
The U.S. military just crawled into the same bed with Adolf Hitler. The military's prostitution of democracy by open discrimination of qualified men and women (because they are gay) is un-American and an insult to freedom ("High Court Lets Military's Ban on Gays Stand," Part A, Feb. 27). The Defense Department states as its reasoning: because "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." Maybe the educational system should use this same philosophy and ban military brass from teaching, since they seem incompatible with intelligent thinking.
August 22, 2004
Re "Parishes Split Off Over Gay Issues," Aug. 18: Why are people shocked at the Episcopalian Church schism? When the elite of the church decided to ignore the Bible's multiple condemnations of homosexuality, it chose worldly popularity over eternal truth. People have not left the church; it left them. Aaron Smith Carlsbad
August 18, 2009 | Liz Sly
In January, a video began circulating on cellphones in Baghdad showing men dancing provocatively with one another at a party. At the time, many Iraqis considered the video a sign of how much life in Iraq had normalized, an indication of new freedoms. But activists and some gays in Baghdad say the video instead served as a trigger for a systematic campaign of persecution and killings of gays by Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias. The Iraqi LGBT, a London-based group that supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Iraq, says it has documented 87 killings in Iraq so far this year related to anti-gay sentiments, including six in the last two weeks.
June 23, 1991
If Judge Larry Stirling had simply asked the bailiff to clean up because the person was sick, his behavior would have been reasonable. But he didn't. He said he ordered the cleanup because the person was HIV infected, thereby implying the virus could be passed through casual contact. Being Alive has 600 members who live with this virus every day. Judge Stirling's ignorance not only hurts them but, ultimately all of society. Let's hope all of us strive for more education and understanding about HIV/AIDS.
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
February 11, 1990
We commend you on your editorial, "It's as Good a Time as Any for City to Assure Gay Rights," (Jan. 28). You made a point which is often lost in discussions of this sort, namely that no one acquires civil rights because others approve of him or her, but automatically by virtue of citizenship. Approval or disapproval of a minority by the majority is irrelevant to the issue of civil rights for the minority. Just as civil rights does not stem from approval, guarantee of civil rights does not imply approval.
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