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After reading Tim Kloeppel’s column on same sex marriage (Monday’s News), I was somewhat amused, but I also felt a great sadness. Mr. Kloeppel uses the analogy “Try to force the positive ends of two batteries together and let me know how successful you are at making them stick.”
I found this analogy to be somewhat amusing. I assure you that I can take the positive end (anode) of one battery, touch it to the negative end (cathode) of another battery and they will not “stick” either.
It was the rest of Mr. Kloeppel’s column that filled me with sadness. It seemed the rest of his words were filled with bigotry and hate. We live in a free country. Our entertainment industry can produce and distribute materials as they wish.
As American citizens, we are free to watch or not watch this material as we see fit. If we choose to watch it, we are free to believe what we want about this material.
I do not see why film makers and Hollywood producers of Jewish descent needed to be singled out for, in your words, shaping the views of an entire nation.
You seem to give us, the American people, little credit for being able to think for ourselves. You say we have all been duped, bombarded with propaganda and brainwashed by what you call “communist social engineers.” I find it interesting that you believe you are somehow above all this influence that some of us have been affected by and your thoughts are somehow superior to those of us you say have been “duped.”
I agree with your statement “The bottom line is this – think for yourselves.” Mr. Kloeppel, I will defend your right to believe as you wish, but you must be willing to let those of us with other viewpoints speak our mind as well.
I believe bigotry, intolerance, and discrimination are wrong. I believe our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens should enjoy the same legal rights as we heterosexuals do.
I believe all men and women should have equal rights regardless of their sexual orientation, the color of their skin, their ethnicity or their religious beliefs.
I do not claim to know of this “natural intuition” that you say we were all born with, but if that is what has caused mankind to continue to kill one another, allowed America’s South to build an entire economy based on ens laving people, forced native Americans to live on reservations, and at one time have our best scientists believe the Earth was flat, I think I will strive to cast aside my “natural intuition.” I will try to read.
I will try to listen. I will try to continue to learn and evolve. I will try to be more tolerant and understanding.