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The trap of gay socialization

Editor:

Re: (“Can our kids live with that?” Forum/Nov. 14).

Dee Lundberg has rightly commented that bullying is a “tragedy” that needs to stop. She suggests that her emphasis on combating bullying was to “introduce tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.”

Since in one way or another we are all different, it would take a journey to the extreme fringes of society to find anyone who would disagree. It was hard to escape the conclusion, however, that her real interest in opposing bullying was to see homosexual behavior legitimized. She would have us believe that homosexual sex is a difference like the difference between nationalities. Some people are Irish, some African, some are gay. We should appreciate the fact that she provided the statistics indicating that the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.”

The high suicide rate itself should be a signal that the gay lifestyle is problematic. She even notes that the “bullying” problem is responsible for one out of four suicides in our state. What about the other three? While it is unfortunately true that people can be found who “bully” and are “using God as a scapegoat” to promote their personal prejudices, bullying is not the exclusive behavior of those who disagree with gays. The gay community is also notorious for “outing” others in ways that are not too different from what happened to the Rutgers University freshman.

The film “Outrage” is a recent example. It is not just heterosexuals who are bullies. It would be more appropriate, however, to consider the gay socialization as a more reasonable explanation for the high suicide rates. When a sexually confused teen is told they need to get over their fear of being gay and accept their gay identity and even rejoice in it, they jettison whatever hopes they may have had in the heterosexual community. When they discover that the gay life is not as fulfilling, satisfying or guilt-free as they expected it to be, there is no escape. The person who has been labeled as gay will be told, “You are gay and it is wrong to even suggest that you could change.” Counselors lose their jobs for suggesting that it is even possible for gays to change their orientation.

DR. CHARLES PLANT, Casper

Pastor, Salt & Light Church

This letter is the most hateful thing I’ve seen in the paper in quite awhile. Not too long ago, a frequent letter writer smugly answered the question “What is a Christian?” 

Well, then. I suppose we have an answer. 

Carolyn Arends "They’ll Know We Are Christians"

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord 
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored 
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love

We will work with each other, we will work side by side 
We will work with each other, we will work side by side 
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride 
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love 
They will know we are Christians by our love
By our love, by our love
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love 
They will know we are Christians by our love

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand 
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand 
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land 
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
By our love, by our love
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love

Love is patient, love is kind 
Never boasts, not full of pride 
Always hopes, always trusts 
The evidence of Christ in us

Actually, Rev. Dee Lundberg exemplifies the message of unconditional love quite well.

Charles Plant feels fine placing his title of Doctor before his name as if that gives his analysis legitimacy [newsflash: not a doctor] but cannot afford Rev. Lundberg her title. His letter is full of the very bullying he’s so concerned about.

I wonder if he thought about the high incidence of suicide in GLBTQ youth being at ALL connected to hatred like he is exhibiting. This is not Christ’s love. This is not love, period.

This is the hatred of those different from you.

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