Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the recent editorial [New Russian anti-gay law misses spirit, Aug. 6, The TIMES], and must say I am very pleased with Russian President's Vladimir Putin stand.
I am not homo-phobic... but I am concerned! To be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or part of the transgender community - is not normal behaviour, as some folks would have us believe.
It is downright sinful and needs to be dealt with as such - as indeed all sin should be dealt with.
I do not slander them in any way. But it is okay for them to call me and others homophobic! Is this not being discriminatory? And, if not discriminatory, how about being just plain rude.
It is very interesting that when I was a young lad, the term homophobic simply meant "a fear of people," and was commonly used for those who were of a timid nature. The word homo means, "a member of the genus homo, which includes the extinct and extant species of humans," and phobia meaning, "a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it" - thus a fear of people in general.
Now, we are told that homo actually means "homosexual" and therefore, homophobia now means a fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
This is simply not the case! I simply put the gay community and those with so-called gender-disorders in the same category as I would rapists and child pornographers.
So, would I consider myself as anti-rape or anti-child pornography? Yes. In the same manner, am I anti-gay? Yes, in the manner of one who is opposed to something, such as a group, policy, proposal, or practice.
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