Ignorance is no excuse for discrimination

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

There are some legislators who would like to impose their religious beliefs on all Alaskans. Everyone should be able to believe what they choose to believe, and lawmakers should realize there are good reasons for the separation of church and state. The state should not dictate what we believe.

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Gov. Sarah Palin and the Legislature have already wasted more than a million dollars on a special vote on the rights of homosexuals. Now Reps. John Coghill, R-North Pole, and Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, want the state to waste more money on a more discriminatory constitutional amendment.

Ignorance has many definitions, such as being uninformed, being uneducated or lacking knowledge. I do not believe any legislator is ignorant, but some seem not to believe in the rule of law. It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutional rights of homosexual couples, which "King Murkowski" ignored. And those rights are still being ignored.

It seems this wasted money could be better used for education - not only for K-12 students but for our new governor and many of our legislators. With Google and other Internet search engines, nobody should have plausible deniability about genetic homosexuality. And there is no place in our rule of law for wanton discrimination.

Richard Hahn


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