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In an epic failure of judgment and character, The Augusta Chronicle published a letter to the editor June 15 (“America is godless nation”) that equated gay people to mules. My objection to the letter’s publishing will undoubtedly brand me a member of Oceania’s Thought Police, but what should be more troubling is that The Chronicle apparently deleted all 84 online comments on the letter sometime Saturday afternoon. Why? Is it because, as one commenter mentioned, The Chronicle would not dare print a letter equating black people to gorillas or Hispanic people to rats, and perhaps its editors realized their error? Did the exposure of their hypocrisy make them uncomfortable?

As the largest publication in the region, The Chronicle is a public forum as well as a public service. It sets the tone and topic of discussion in our community, and I would hope its editors feel that debate can be lively without being slanderous. They obviously don’t, as they have chosen to publish letters that clearly are ignorant and hateful toward gay people. But why stop there? Why not publish letters about how the Holocaust didn’t happen or how women shouldn’t vote? What’s the difference?

Is it because gay people comprise a relatively small fraction of The Chronicle’s readership, and offending them wouldn’t have much impact on revenue? Is it because The Chronicle actually agrees with the letter and is willing to sacrifice a profit to make a point? Why else would any journalistic institution promulgate a hypothesis that people whom we know and love are actually, as the letter hypothesized, members of a vast gay Nazi conspiracy?

In Matthew 6:24, Jesus – who said absolutely nothing about homosexuality, mind you – proclaimed, “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” Apparently The Chronicle thinks otherwise.

Andrew Rauch

Evans

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/20/13 - 03:45 pm
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(Humble) Angela, a little bit

"(Humble) Angela, a little bit of advice when it comes to online discussion -- it does not have to be antagonistic. We are supposed to benefit from each other's perspectives. That does not happen when you repeatedly try to 'win' by saying whatever you need to in order to shut down people you disagree with. Imagine a world where people can have a discussion about a controversial issue and come out of the discussion as better people."

Evidently gurto does not know Humble Angela very well. She says what she means, she doesn't sugar coat anything and will discuss anything you like for as long as you like but she's not going to back down from her beliefs. You might think she's trying to win a conversation but it appears gurto is just aggravated because Angela won't agree or change her view point.

*Edited. Should have placed quotes around first paragraph so others reading would not think I was saying HA was being antagonistic.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/20/13 - 05:17 pm
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Quote from LTE

"Is it because gay people comprise a relatively small fraction of The Chronicle’s readership, and offending them wouldn’t have much impact on revenue? Is it because The Chronicle actually agrees with the letter and is willing to sacrifice a profit to make a point?"

I tend to think that when The Chronicle chose to print the "BAD" LTE AND today's two letters is a clear showing that they give the 1st Amendment every consideration.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/20/13 - 05:53 pm
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Quote from LTE

"but what should be more troubling is that The Chronicle apparently deleted all 84 online comments on the letter sometime Saturday afternoon."

Is there anyone else besides me that sees this comment erraseing as very close to breaking The 1st Amendment??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/20/13 - 05:59 pm
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Question to ponder

If the erraseing of the comments was against The 1st Amendment, and the printing of THE THREE LTE's ( dealing about homosexuality ) was in accordance with The 1st Amendment, JUST WHERE IS THE THIN LINE THE SEPARATES THE TWO SITUATIONS ??!!

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KSL 06/20/13 - 11:28 pm
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I am sorry. I like all of you.

But the last page and a half of comments have been boring. This country is dealing with serious problems.

KSL
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KSL 06/20/13 - 11:35 pm
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tim

When adding ing to a word ending in an e, you generally drop the e before adding the ing. Oh yeah, I should have put quotation marks around "e" and "ing."

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mezmerize514 06/21/13 - 11:56 am
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@Proud2be

"The word "homophobic" itself is used as a very "judgmental", critical, demeaning, and/or " hateful" way to describe someone expressing their convictions about homosexuality. Yet you hear the term used mockingly and hatefully against those who disagree all of the time."

wow you mean people tend to get upset when you use your religion as a platform to condemn and demean an entire group of people? Wow gosh who would have guessed?

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