Don't be ruled by fundamentalism

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Here may be some good news for our dear Mike Shakespeare, who wrote urging everyone to vote for the proposal to amend the Alaska Constitution to forbid any level of state or local government from providing equal benefits for same-sex couples. His opinion was based on biblical passages he suggests we read that he interprets as damning sodomy.

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This is in spite of the fact that the vast majority of gay sex is not remotely concerned with sodomy. One may not be going too far out on a limb to say that 98 percent is not sodomy. Who knows? The self-proclaimed "defense of marriage" types also conveniently ignore the fact of Massachusetts, which not only has gay marriage, but the lowest divorce rate in the Union. If the issues of love, equality and justice do not move those folk's compassion, then sometimes pragmatism does.

For starters, there are 6 million more women than men in this country. It is impossible for them all to be married to men.

But back to the subject that Shakespeare brought up. Most instructively, at least one of his referenced Bible passages ranks the practice of sodomy right up there, and co-equal with, unmarried sex (fornication), adultery, pleasuring oneself and women wearing pants. Let's not let a version of religious fundamentalism be the law of the land. Vote "no" to amending the Constitution on April 3.

Tony Tengs


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