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Update in the 6/21/05 Fresno Bee Letter to the editor:
In regard to Joshua Sharp’s letter [June 18]: Last time I looked, we lived in America. In this country, we are supposed to celebrate differences and respect the opinions of everyone.
If you’ll recall, the "minority" sought freedom from the majority rule of England. What a shame it is if you have to give up your First Amendment right to be a "good" Christian.
Ignoring the minority
In his letter [June 18], Joshua Sharp complains about Comcast supporting the Gay Pride Parade, and concludes that "the values of the majority being ignored." He laments that "Christians are reduced to mute observers and nonbelievers are given a megaphone."
With all due respect to Mr. Sharp and the values he holds dear, we Americans need to quit pushing the panic button each time a minority opinion is expressed or supported. Under the Bush administration, it is the president who has been blowing into Mr. Sharp’s megaphone, while ignoring the values of people in the minority.
Update in the 6/22/05 Fresno Bee Letter to the editor:
Joshua Sharp of Corcoran asks: "How far have we come as a society, if a company as reputable as Comcast openly endorses homosexual ‘pride’ gatherings, especially in such a conservative area as this, without any fear of reprisal?" [letter June 18].
Thankfully, we have come a long way from hateful bigotry hiding under white sheets of religiously inspired prejudice that has caused "fear of reprisal" in so many minorities. Indeed, many, such as the gay icon Matthew Sheppard, were martyred by those who made the ultimate reprisal against the gay minority.
As retired Bishop John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Church says in his recent book, "The Sins of the Scriptures: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the Love of God":
"This vehement rhetoric reveals quite overtly the frightening but real assessment that even with God and the Bible presumably on their side, they are still losing the fight!"
I hope we can one day all live in a Valley that will rise above the notion that religious prejudice is a justification to deny minority members of the community equal protection of the law for their civil marriages and all other civil rights.
Berl Jay Hubbell
After reading the letter titled, "Values of the majority" [June 18], I can understand why some members of our community find it difficult to come out of the closet.
I have a feeling that if the letter writer were to see a sponsorship from a company for a black heritage parade or a Christian parade, he would not be upset in the slightest.
I believe Comcast should be applauded for its wonderful history of supporting the entire community.
Next we’ll find individuals trying to force Comcast to remove Showtime from everyone’s channel lineup because it has "Queer As Folk" on it.