LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Nothing hateful in 'sexual orientation' discussion

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

First of all, I want to thank the school board for allowing the public an opportunity to attend the February 19 meeting, and express opinions freely. Secondly, thank you to the Pilot-Tribune for allowing

freedom of speech in this paper, and for covering this topic.

Please let us dispel the myth that every person who disagrees with the homosexual lifestyle is "homophobic." I personally do not agree with homosexuality. However, I do not hate nor fear those who practice homo-sexuality. On the contrary, I care about the homosexual as I care about any other human being. It is very possible for a person to disagree with another's behavior and yet love that individual. For example, I do not always approve of my young children's behavior, but it would be ludicrous to suggest that I hate them or am fearful of them! No! I love them and want the best for them.

I attended the school board meeting on February 19. I was impressed with the calmness and dignity with which community members shared their opposition to homosexuality or alternative sexuality. I did not recall hearing one comment that was hateful, mean or name-calling. I felt that people spoke out of concern but not hate.

Please let us put aside hateful words and attitudes towards others who do not believe the same way we do. Let this be a disagreement of beliefs and opinions and not a personal attack on others.

Faith Grosz,

Storm Lake