Focus on the Fags

28 07 2010

 

My letter to the Holland Sentinal Editor:

Just a few weeks ago, I told my ex-girlfriend that Holland was changing. The Holland Sentinel ran a positive article on Gay Pride in Centennial Park and another neutral article about vandalism against Camp-It, the gay campground.

 Then I read your Paid for Advertisement from the Family Research Council. Wow. I take it all back.

 I’m not some radical dyke transplant from Chicago or San Francisco. I was born in Holland as were my parents and their parents. I lived in Holland for 23 years and have the wooden shoes to prove it. And although I live in Grand Rapids now, I still work in Holland.

 I realize that the Holland Sentinel is a business, and these are hard economic times–especially when many papers and magazines are failing.  In order for a business to survive, it must be innovative. I’m not sure that selling out would be considered innovative.  Perhaps, the Sentinel should think about their demographic before accepting such discriminatory advertisements that may alienate some of their readers and probably even a few of their own employees.

 Exactly, how much would I have to pay to have an advertisement examining the facts and myths of the heterosexual community?  Or the Christian community? I could create statistics, put them in bold font and declare them as truth. But people with opposing beliefs can’t objectively evaluate each other on those very things on which they so strongly disagree. It would be based on emotion. I don’t think the ‘research’ in Family Research Council has anything to do with scientific inquiry, but more about pushing their religious dogma and political agenda. It also serves as a distraction from more urgent matters that are going on in our world—like enormous oil spills and war. But forget about those things. Let’s focus on the fags.

 10 or 15 years ago I would have expected this homophobic rhetoric. But now? Holland is more diverse than what some people would like to believe. I’m sorry but your community is rampant with heathens and homosexuals. Get used to it.

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