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Letter: Tolerance should go both ways

In his Jan. 1 letter Thomas Scanlan asked, who are "we" to judge the LGBT community? May I offer a few comments?

When the writer says "we," I believe he's referring to the majority of the inhabitants of the United States, and the planet Earth.

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What I'm getting at is, who the heck are the members of the tiny LGBT community to judge anyone who disagrees with their agenda? You see, it works both ways.

The writer begins with derogatory, intolerant criticism in response to reasonable, thoughtful comments from a gentle group of Christians who don't endorse the LGBT lifestyle.

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It's wrong and hypocritical to send a message preaching tolerance, while at the same time attacking your target audience with name-calling and insults. Needless to say, I stopped reading his letter.

I'm trying to adopt a flexible stance toward the small but loud LGBT community. But recent phony crises (the Chic-fil-A & Duck Dynasty fiascos) indicate that mainstream Americans will increasingly be subjected to extremist, in-your-face attacks and criticism triggered by even the slightest comment disapproving of homosexual behavior.

I couldn't put it any better than this gentleman, who recently shared his experience with LGBT bias and hate on a public message board: "I moved to West Hollywood over a decade ago. I came from a group of alpha male athletes, but grew weary of that macho bull and thought I'd be welcomed into an 'artistic' community. I was a tolerant person and ended up hanging out with the gay community, largely due to geographic circumstances. Never in my life did I expect to experience the meanest, vainest, cruelest and bully oriented group I've ever come across. I wasn't just within a pocket; I was exposed to many pockets and the community as a whole. Wow.

"Unbelievable cruelty. This same group claims victimization constantly, but ridicules, mocks, judges and voices hatred of anyone who doesn't agree with their opinions ... and I mean from family values, and religious freedom down to 'your so 2009 pathetic choice of jeans.' GLAAD (a pro-gay group) can barely keep this snotty disposition from America's awareness with their clever planning and plotting -- but I think the country is beginning to see through the front of 'poor us,' and realizes that GLAAD and the community they represent aren't tolerant, generous, fair or loving any more-so then the groups they attack with vicious precision ..."

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Mark Weber

Eldersburg

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