Pure of heart

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

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2 churches: Back off 'Day of Silence'

"We've got people being intolerant of our intolerance. Where will it end?" So asks the Rev. Mr. Frega in a recent Juneau Empire story of the concern many Juneau citizens have expressed over his church's stance against gays and lesbians.

More particularly, the Revs. Frega and Olmstead, of the Auke Bay Bible Church and the Chapel by the Lake respectively, argue that a "Day of Silence" at the Juneau-Douglas High School unfairly focuses attention on homosexuality. Advocates counter that a Day of Silence draws attention to the silence gays and lesbians practice to avoid discrimination.

Whilst the reverends are diverted by the smoldering trend of homosexual tolerance at the high school, I would gently urge them to attend to the illicit passions flaring up from within their own houses of worship!

As a gay man, I speak with some authority on the matter. Most gays and lesbians of my acquaintance were not only raised as Christians, but they were baptized into their faiths before ever they entered grade school!

Naturally, the good reverends might inquire of the root of our error. I suspect partial blame rests with the benign negligence of our churches. Had we been shamed and scorned enough by our Christian brethren, had we better been made to feel unworthy of other's affections (much less the love of God), then might we have been saved from our unnatural desires.

There is good evidence that such righteous loathing - even if couched in the honeyed words of Christian love - goes a long way toward exterminating homosexual tendencies. In a study of youth suicide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (under President Bush senior) found that lesbian and gay youth are two to six times more likely to attempt suicide than other youth. The report also noted that gay and lesbian youth account for up to 30 percent of all completed suicides.

When will it end? Perhaps when the good Revs. Frega and Olmstead exorcise the homosexual pestilence from their own flocks. Then can they rest easy with the knowledge that their parishioners - indeed their very children - have hearts as pure and lily white as their own.

Daniel Collison

Juneau



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