Real letter, false logic
As a professional reporter, my job is not only to learn the facts and explain them to my readers but to sign my name when I do so. While I take great pride in signing my work and putting it out there for public consumption, some newspaper and web site readers are less ready to be held accountable for what they say.
Recently, well after the publication of my column expressing my displeasure at the New Jersey Senate’s defeat of the marriage equality bill, I received a hand-written letter at the office. With no name or return address, all I can determine about the writer is that he is against marriage equality, that he was born before Dec. 1, 1941, and that he either lives in Northern Burlington County, NJ or follows pro-gay editorials very closely.
Here is what he wrote to me, enclosing an earlier letter we received opposing my column. I’ve translated the acronyms in parentheses, but the letter is otherwise sic:
The enclosed Letter to the Editor has to be your worst nightmare after the RN (Register-News) publishing the support editorial for same sex marriages and your own LTTE (Letter to the Editor) lambasting the woman legislator who reneged and voted “nay” against the SSM (Same-Sex Marriage) bill. Same sex marriage will only come through the courts. The people will always be against it.
Don’t ask, don’t tell is being considered for removal. I come from a time when the military was separated and the country was able to win World War Two operating under this system. The Tuskegee Airmen, the black regiments, the women corps, WACS, WAVES, SPARS and WAFS all were separated.
Because there is resentment in commingling, the homosexuals should ask to have their own unit. As for me I would rather spend a 20 year career with people who wanted me as opposed to forcing myself in where I was not welcome.
The Register News shows fairness in publishing the aforementioned letter and should be commended.
One of the Majority
For completeness, here is the letter to the editor he enclosed, which was published Feb. 11:
Reader agrees with marriage vote
Christine Powell, Medford
Thank you for your article, “Shameful vote on marriage equality,” in which same-sex marriage was denied. What a breath of fresh air to know New Jersey finally did something right. I was beginning to loose all hope for this state, allowing civil unions, and same sex couples to adopt and take in foster children. Do I hate same sex couples? No. However, I do not want to see it in public or in films, being portrayed as an acceptable lifestyle choice, anymore then I would want to see a heroin addict shooting up. We are all born with sin, that we are in need of a savior. The Bible tells us that there are generational sins.I was born an alcoholic, but by the grace of God I have not drunk for 15 years. When I was actively drinking, I was living in darkness and denial. The rapid spread of the homosexual agenda is confusing the children of this nation. I have seen a rise in depression and behaviors of self-harm (cutting) in the white, suburban neighborhoods. I believe it is directly correlated, in part, to children being confused about their sexual identity (with peer pressure to be “tolerant” and consider bisexual/bi-curious interests).Every sit-com and movie has at least one token homosexual couple these days. I remember when I was in college, in 1995, a homosexual classmate of mine told me that “we are not going to change this nation from grass-roots, bottom-up movements…we are going to become educated, and become lawyers, and movie producers, and politicians, and judges, and change things from the top up.” I am seeing it, in my lifetime, before my eyes. No good will come of it, so help us God. Thank you NJ Senate. People of New Jersey be vigilant.