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posted: 2/15/2013 4:40 AM

Homophobic letter should not have run

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Homophobic letter should not have run

I am writing in response to Feb. 3 letter from Karen Witt of Elgin, headlined "Effort to stamp out Christian influence." I must question the integrity of The Daily Herald Editorial Board in allowing such vitriolic, homophobic and totally unsubstantiated information to appear in print.

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Letters such as this allow and promote the paranoia on the part of some Christians who mistakenly believe that somehow their faith based programs, charities and "influence" is under attack and "criminalized." This is just blatantly untrue.

In labeling a segment of our population "perverse and sinful" shows a complete lack of the understanding and is appalling. The letter writer goes on to state that "this behavior is taught in schools." Madam, homosexuality is part of the human condition and cannot be "taught."

I reject the idea that any religious text declares that only sacred love that can exist is between a man and a woman. Love is commitment and kindness and cannot be limited to narrow definitions of roles and gender. If our purpose in life is to strive to bring a sense of Holiness into this world, we must celebrate and lift up love wherever we may find it.

Judi Tepe

Elgin

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