I read the Optimist whenever I can because it is always interesting for me to read the opinions section.
Joel Weckerly’s article last week is a prime example of why I like to read. As I read the article, I began to form some opinions of my own.
I am only 24, but I have thought long and hard about the issue that you wrote about this week. My problem with what you said is not with the fact that you don’t like homosexuality. My problem is that it seems as though you think that America should hold Christian principles as law.
Why should American television shows not portray homosexuals in a positive light? Are they Christian television stations? Are Christians their target audience? No, of course not! So why should we try to hold them to Christian standards?
Why should the American or Texas government not allow homosexual people to do what they want in the privacy of their own home? Is the government Christian? Are the homosexual people Christian? No, so why do we try to hold them to Christian standards?
How can we force Christian standards on people who are not Christians and do not want to be?
The bottom line is that the U.S. government is not the church, and we shouldn’t go around telling people that they must uphold our Christian standards when they are not Christians.
Above all of this, the feelings of our fellow students and Christians are at stake here. I would venture as far to say that this is something that faculty, staff and students on the ACU campus struggle with.
I would agree with Daniel Carlson’s column that tossing the word ‘hate’ around is probably not a good idea when we all probably know someone who struggles with this.
graduate student from Garland