Volume 92, Issue 36

Friday, November 6, 1998

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Don't use religion as excuse for hate

Re: Wasting my student fees, Oct. 23

To the Editor:

It is quite clear to me that both Patrick O'Neil and his understudy, N.D. Muscutt, equate homosexuality with promiscuity. I feel that neither of them know of what they speak and use stereotypes to promote their ignorance.

I have been in a monogamous same-sex relationship for two years and wonder how I or my partner pose a health risk. Yes people, it's true! Gays and lesbians ARE having monogamous and healthy relationships!

I know far more heterosexuals than homosexuals that practice unsafe sex and have more than one sexual partner. To be quite honest with you, all of this is not about their concern for public safety, it's about hate, phobias and misconceptions.

Far too many times the religious right have used such tactics to fuel hatred and intolerance. Not only against gays and lesbians, but others that the righteous at one time have felt unworthy of dignity and humanity – women, jews, blacks, native-Americans and the list goes on.

I have worked on campus for almost nine years and I still to this day encounter overt homophobia. I come to work to find inscribed on the change room wall "KILL THE FAGS." Is this the type of behaviour we want to incite on campus?

Come on people, get a life! Stop using God and religion to hate-monger and please, please, acquire some education about topics you feel possessed to spew off about.

D. A. Gruden
Saugeen-Maitland Hall
Housing and Food Services

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