Volume 91, Issue 29

Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Something fishy


Explaining the obvious

Re: Interpretational ambiguity, Oct.15

By Jeff Badger
Gazette Staff

I was going to write this immediately after reading Professor Carroll's opinion piece, but decided it would be better to wait for the first reply from the side of ignorance and it came in the form of Markus Forster's letter.

The title "Modest proposal about immodest acts" was used. It's called an allusion; to help those such as yourself who were sure to miss the point (ever heard on Johnathan Swift?).

Give this a try: reread his letter and every time you come across the wordheterosexual, replace it with homosexual and vice versa. This is how gays and lesbians are talked about every day. The heated reaction and offense you felt upon reading the piece was intentional, so that you might realize how you make homosexuals feel with holier-than-thou comments such as "representations of sex should be placed in the context where they belong in society: within the bounds of loving and trusting heterosexual marriages." Aren't you being a little exclusionary?

You accuse Professor Carroll of taking Biblical passages out of context. Well guess what, you took every single word he wrote way out of context, and I found that incredibly amusing.

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