Regarding Don Tate's Nov. 19 letter, "Hatred lives long after Obama election": Like-minded and informed people such as myself have had to observe the continued ostracizing of people opposed to "gay marriage" for some time. Most of us who believe that marriage should be solely between a man and a woman are called "haters," as Mr. Tate writes in his letter.
Yet, other than my opposition to gay marriage, Mr. Tate does not know me. He does not know my heart; nor does he know what's in the heart of most people who oppose gay marriage. However, if Mr. Tate took the time to meet some of us, I think he would get an entirely different picture. We are your neighbors, your co-workers, the clerk at the local gas station.
We believe in God and charity toward our fellow man. We are Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and many other religious affiliations. But our great country was not built on our differences but on our common beliefs and our commitment to those belief systems.
When someone or some group goes against a common belief system such as that marriage is between a man and a woman, expect that most will disagree with you. But it is not about hate. The very use of the word "hate" demonstrates the lack of any substantive argument. The labeling of all religious conservatives as racists is absurd. Mr. Tate can neither justify nor defend the statement.
We who disagree with him are individuals first, who also belong to a group with common religious beliefs. For instance, I am a Christian, but I have Jewish friends. Honest disagreement is not a foundation for hatred. Those who see hate at every corner can always find reasons to hate. I guess it makes them feel powerful when they find in their heart that they really do not have a non-hateful reason for their argument.
If Mr. Tate seeks out those he has labeled as haters, he will find something far different. So-called haters would be the first to offer him help should he need it. The "haters" are truly their brother's keeper even if they disagree with you. This is called kindness and compassion. We may disagree with you, but we do not hate you.
Larry Rodgers, Evans