Young people not as likely to be prejudiced

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007

I am writing in response to Josh Carter's letter that was published in Tuesday's Juneau Empire. Let me first say, the reason us "young" people do not respect our elders is because of "old" people like Carter. Nevertheless, at the age of 23, I learned a long time ago that age has nothing to do with maturity. Maybe it is my age, but how in the world are watching football, drinking beer and learning to read "right" unnatural things? It sounded like someone forgot their morning pills before writing to the Empire.

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Carter is right about one thing - the slippery slope. Except, the slippery slope he set up is only a fallacy that appeals to people's fears. In other words, it has no truthful bearing other than exposing his own personal fears of what "might" happen. Something that angered me beyond words was Carter's statement, "If we have to provide them with marriage benefits, then we'll have to acknowledge they are people." They are already people. Carter's justification for calling homosexuals "queers" because of his own fear of being "infected" with a so-called "choice" about sexual preference, just shows how ignorant he is.

Also, for Carter's information, Canadians (maybe not in America, but it does happen) and pagans already marry. Allowing homosexuals to marry will not affect anything other than people's already formed opinions of something they do not understand. Homosexuals deal with the same thing heterosexuals deal with: anger, sadness, fear, love, hate, acceptance, etc. Also, there is a difference between a homosexual (who has no choice in his or her sexual preference) and a bisexual (who chooses to dip into both pots), but that is a small technicality.

Before I end this letter, I must applaud Jessica Rocco Humphrys, whose letter appeared in Friday's Empire. I need to say that there have been scientific studies that young people like Jessica are able to look at a situation and analyze it with better accuracy than older people. The reason for that is because a young person does not have as many personal influences as someone that is older and possibly had a bad experience with the topic at hand. When I read Jessica's letter to the editor, I was so glad that someone of her age stood up for her opinion, asking the most important question everyone should ask themselves: "Who has the right to stop happiness?" The answer, as we both know, is no one.

Samantha Love


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