Respect, not inflict, opinions


In what I hope will be the final chapter in the journal about everyone's sexual orientation, I would like to address the inevitable response to Philip Rose's editorial on Oct. 13. Rose is correct in his assessment of the crying game being played by the homosexual/lesbian students on this campus. He simply asks the question on the minds of many: Why can't these people enjoy their lifestyle without inflicting it on the rest of the world?

I can hear the resounding answer from those in question, "We are merely trying to increase awareness about our orientation and eliminate the discrimination against us." I would like to point out the blatant hypocrisy in this motivating force. First of all, thanks to the infantile tantrums of the homosexual community, EVERYONE is perfectly aware that you exist.

Secondly, if you are so secure in your sexuality, as the vast majority of you point out every day, why do you feel the need to tell the world? If you believe that your orientation is so normal why do you care what anyone else thinks? I would speculate that the reason you hold all these demonstrations is precisely the opposite of the one you cite: to validate your own insecurities with yourself by shouting amongst a crowd of people that share your ideals.

Lastly, if eliminating discrimination is your goal, may I point out that I have yet to hear of anyone being the victim of such until they pronounce their sexuality?

I think you should point that almighty finger of open-mindedness at yourselves and realize that people are going to have differing opinions and that the same acceptance you beg for should be extended to the rest of the world.

Along with the rights that the Freedom of Speech Amendment grants you comes the responsibility to exercise them without infliction on anyone else. After all, isn't that what you wish for from us?

Christopher Gabb

English Literature Junior

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