Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Opposing gay rights doesn't make you a hater [Letter]

According to Tom Schaller's column ("Hate if you must, just don't act on it," March 5), any American who does not subscribe to Mr. Schaller's particular credo on the law and homosexuality is a hater. Such blanket condemnation and name-calling are more appropriate to a bigot than an academic.

Mr. Schaller refuses to even consider that a good American can be motivated not by hate but by a moral and educated religious conscience. Mr. Schaller correctly asserts that "the deity that rules America is the almighty dollar," yet he then hypocritically condemns those few Americans who are willing to sacrifice monetary profits (and perhaps even risk legal punishment) rather than violate their scruples. The correct "h" word for such Americans is not "hatred"; their "h" word is "honor."

Americans should respect the law, but we must also remember that the law is nothing more than the servant of justice and a founding, and eternal principle of American justice is freedom of religion.

Mary Catalfamo, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Equality in Alabama
    Equality in Alabama

    These are heady days for advocates of marriage equality. The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments this spring in a group of cases that could settle the question of a national Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and this week, a decision not to enter a stay on the enforcement of a...

  • Religious beliefs can't excuse discrimination
    Religious beliefs can't excuse discrimination

    A recent suggestion that some people should be exempt from serving gays because of their religious beliefs is nonsense. If you are licensed to provide a service or employed by the government to do so, you are required to perform that service without unlawful discrimination. Neither government...

Comments
Loading