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Part III

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Editors, the Gauntlet,

Re: "Homophobic dogma enraptures Christians," Feb. 8, 2001

Brad Cooke's article suggested that religion should have no place in decisions regarding civil liberty. However, without religion what is the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour?

Anthropologists say that morals are relative to each society--essentially, there is no right and wrong. So the majority decides what is permissible. However, we need more than just the majority to provide a moral compass in today's society.

Cooke's article misrepresented the Bible and Christianity. Yes, the Bible sentences homosexuals (Lev. 20:13) and witches (Lev. 20:27) to death, but it does not condemn non-Christians to death. The cited passages (Deut. 13:6-10 and 17:2-7) call for the deaths of Hebrews who break their promises to God and worship other gods. But what about the New Testament? Jesus was more liberal and tolerant than the teachings of the Old Testament. For example, when an adulteress was brought before him, he saved her from death and condemned her not (although he did not forgive her) (John 8:1-11). His followers taught a specific way of life, forgiving the repentant and leaving the judgment to God for the non-repentant.

Yes, Christians believe a certain way of life is better than another. But hopefully, the beliefs are not based on the whims and phases of society. For the majority does not equal truth nor does politically correct equal morality. Denying religion (and not just Christianity) a voice in decisions would surely be a loss to society.

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Dear Internet searchers,

As many of you have done, youíve typed your own name into a search engine trying to see what is written about you. Having a fairly unique name, I can easily identify what is available about me on the World Wide Web.

Seven years ago, I wrote this letter to the Gauntlet in response to a forum about homosexuality. At that time I had no concept that my letter would be available for all to see for years to come, nor did I expect my position to so diametrically change. I tried to defend my beliefs while reaching out at the same time. In effect, this is what I am attempting to do today.

Religion is important to many people in the world. However, those beliefs are just as fluid as the ìwhims and phases of society.î Many religions have found ways to open their doors to the marginalized, whereas others have remained firm in their marginalization.

I suppose one of the major causes in my paradigm shift is largely due to becoming a father. As I have raised these tender children and been filled with unconditional love for them, I could not imagine maintaining a belief that said they were bad if they were born gay.

Those of you who Google my name think about what your children mean to you. It is easy to pass judgment about something we know little about but much more difficult when thinking about your own children. If God is our father, I believe he would feel the same.