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October 4, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Oct. 4, 2013

Issue not about moving lines

This short and cursory reflection to Ron Noorlag’s recent letter is not intended to be a contrary viewpoint. Whether Mr. Noorlag and I (or any others among the Trib-Star readers) agree about a specific concern to society, politics or religion does not matter to me.

Viewpoints are individual, as are the interpreted meanings of a holy book, a national constitution or standards of morals and ethics. However, I doubt Mr. Noorlag is familiar with the life and dedicated efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King championed civil rights, not simply racial equality. Dr. King wrote of, and spoke of, society’s need to recognize that all of his God’s children should be judged fairly and afforded equal rights under humankind’s laws and as God directed through the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

It seems cognitively frivolous to assert the “slippery slope” rationalization, that bestiality will or could become an accepted social condition. However, most uncritical thinking is foisted by those who use ignorance, fear and superstition as a guiding position. The hypothetical “line” in Mr. Noorlag’s reference does not exist. The belief in same-sex union or marriage is not a “line movement.” It is a repositioning to the civil right that has always existed; but has been denied to humans by humans.

We can differ about many of life’s quarrels, but Mr. Noorlag and I can agree that we are thankful for our parents. My parents were heterosexual, too, Mr. Noorlag; as were my gay son’s parents. Come to think of it, all gay and lesbian citizens of the world were conceived by parents who were “straight” at the time of conception. Small world, ain’t it?

— Jim Camp

Terre Haute

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