Letters to the Editor

  • tinman511

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    Jun 08, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    In today's local paper, there was a letter to the editor about "sign of the times" ( God's Judgement going to fall on the US) from a Pastor. He ofcourse is ranting about same sex marriages....

    I don't know about anyone else but am I overreacting if i cancel my subscription because the paper has not only allowed it to be printed but also (in my opinion) is now this aided this man in spreading his hate...

    I realize editorials are opinions but I cannot see spending money that aids the enemy...I wouldn't spend money on a book recently because the author had written another book "In defense of Marriage". I couldn't find any information on what that book covered so I wouldn't buy the book that I wanted. ( I won't until I go to the library and find the book...

    Yes..I feel like I am a bit petty ....( But I was Raised Baptist...)
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    Jun 08, 2008 7:14 AM GMT
    I'd cancel my subscription, if it were me. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 08, 2008 7:22 AM GMT
    I'm not sure I understand this.

    1. It wasn't the newspaper's opinion, it was the pastor's. Why punish the newspaper?

    2. A newspaper's letters column exists to express a range of viewpoints in the community. This viewpoint is revolting, but there are some people out there who hold it. Why would they alone not be permitted to express themselves?

    3. I, for one, would rather know what these people are thinking and telling each other, than not. This is why I occasionally listen to Rush Limbaugh and watch Faux News. I want to know what they're ranting about today.

    4. You're not going to make these people go away by wishing them away. How can you counter something you're not even aware of?

    5. Do you have any idea how many decent straight people are repulsed by this sort of thing? Every time one of these guys starts spewing hatred, like Phelps, WE GET ANOTHER COUPLE OF STRAIGHT ALLIES. Do you really want to stop this?


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    Jun 08, 2008 7:26 AM GMT
    i am quite opposed to such religious beliefs but i feel the paper -should- publish that -- just as freely as any other view, as long as it's moderately mature and decent.


    limiting press freedom is a horribly slippery slope
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    Jun 08, 2008 7:41 AM GMT
    oh wait. I'm also confused - is it an EDITORIAL or a LETTER to the editor?

    If it's the latter, I certainly won't cancel my subscription for what someone wrote to the newspaper.
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    Jun 08, 2008 11:27 AM GMT
    You and everyone you know should send your own letters to the editor, most newspapers would have no problem printing your rebuttal to the pastors letter.
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    Jun 08, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    Lapinblanc saidYou and everyone you know should send your own letters to the editor, most newspapers would have no problem printing your rebuttal to the pastors letter.



    This makes sense. Do what Lapinblanc says.
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    Jun 08, 2008 1:35 PM GMT
    I wouldn't have the same reaction you've had. I'd see it as giving the man enough rope to hang himself. The first amendment is a useful device for letting fools expose themselves.

    I often see letters to the editor espousing cantankerous apocalyptic rantings that I know the editorial board doesn't agree with.

    But part of having a reasoned and spirited debate on current social issues is bringing to light the irrational hysteria and letting readers decide if people who hold these views aren't being just a little bit silly. For instance, has Mr. End of the World considered that Lawrence v. Texas was decided five years ago, or that Massachusetts has allowed gay marriage for four years now. Yet looking out my window, I see the sun still rose today.
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    Jun 08, 2008 6:15 PM GMT

    This pastor is not your enemy, he is a fellow human being. He has an opinion on same sex marriages (who doesn't). Deal with it, don't ignore it.Let yours be heard as well, marry the fellar in the stripes. You can now.
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    Jun 08, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    Rather than canceling your subscription, you should write a response to the letter. The point of things like that is to get people thinking about issues. Hopefully you can allow them to see our side by writing a response to it.
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    Jun 08, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Every once in a while, Newsday will print a Letter to the Editor which is an anti-gay rant. When this happens the local community goes berzerk. I have pointed out that the man on the street is not who we should fear. He has his opinion and this is America. We should fear the politician whose ear he latches onto.
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    Jun 09, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    Go ahead and cancel your subscription, but I suggest you search your soul and determine where you stand on free speech.

    The forum is there for you to write a rebuttal. Or you can just cancel your subscription. So, can you write a rebuttal?

  • tinman511

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    Jun 09, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    Thanks for the response .....

    The response letter will be in the mail this afternoon... I did somewhat agree that FREE SPEECH is important for everyone including those from a source that can insite hatred in a congregation.
    I just feel that the newspaper decided to publish it, therefore,(somewhat) legitamized it by doing so.

    Again...Thanks...
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    Jun 09, 2008 1:44 PM GMT
    tinman511 saidThanks for the response .....

    The response letter will be in the mail this afternoon... I did somewhat agree that FREE SPEECH is important for everyone including those from a source that can insite hatred in a congregation.
    I just feel that the newspaper decided to publish it, therefore,(somewhat) legitamized it by doing so.

    Again...Thanks...

    I think newspapers do this, by design, to elicit debate on controversial topics. The editor may have disagreed w/the pastor's point of view, but printed it in order to prompt more tolerant citizens to rebut the pastor's arguments. This is true for many hot topics (environmentalism, war, economic policy, etc.), so I wouldn't necessarily conclude that the editor is trying to promote a given point of view on same sex marriage.