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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

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