You recently ran an article by Leonard Pitts regarding the shooting of a gay man in New York. The inference was that it was a "hate crime" simply because of the man's sexual orientation and his location near an infamous gay bar. While there's no justification for the shooting, why was that any more a hate crime than blacks shooting blacks in our major cities? Murder is taking a life unjustifiably, regardless of ethnicity or sexuality, etc. No homicide is a "love" crime, but a selfish disregard for the gift of life. Even abortion demonstrates a lack of love and reverence for a new life and the God who gave it. While abortion may be "legal," that doesn't make it any less immoral.
Mr. Pitts also encourages the intimidating tactics of the gay community. Declaring their "gayness" is not enough; rather they should be entitled to publicly flaunt their brand of sexuality, as do heterosexuals. Open expressions of "love" should not be denied or castigated. Pitts fails to face the fact that such outward behavior is offensive and unnatural to those with a moral compass. By the way, all public sexual promiscuity of any kind is still unlawful.
Significantly, this article ran on the heels of the Boy Scouts' new policy of accepting gay boys into the program. This has created a widespread furor among those who still believe in the Scouts Oath, which includes being "morally straight." If gay is a third "sex," then why not start the "Gay Scouts" and leave the rest our boys and girls alone?
As Pitts says, "gay rights have become more approved," but that doesn't make it a legitimate lifestyle; especially if one believes the biblical account of God's creation of Adam and Eve. Obviously Pitts has joined the ranks of those pushing the gay agenda, and intimidating all those who refuse to embrace the deception of evolution. You're free in American to be "gay," but to push it down our throats, and labeling opponents as "homophobes," is unacceptable and offensive.
This can only bring further turmoil and confusion to our nation and an eventual ideological "war," which has nothing to do with "civil rights."
-- Bill Finnigan, Warren