Volume 93, Issue 98

Tuesday, April 4, 2000


Racy Western

Subjective truth

Subjective truth

Re: "Confusing acceptance with tolerance"March 29

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Ryan Adams for his critique of "Time to accept your intolerance" and "Dr. Laura prescribes bad medicine," but I think that you missed something important in what Dougal Martin and Sara Martel were suggesting.

Adams suggested that the reason that "the world is not a very accommodating place for homosexuals" is that although they are tolerated, they still are not accepted. This is true and I think Martin and Martel realize this. But what their letters are saying is that the world should accept homosexuality.

Martin suggested that if people could be properly educated, they would learn that homosexuality is biologically normal and acceptable. Martel suggested that because Dr. Laura thinks homosexuality is abnormal (like incest), she should be kept quiet because she can't have anything intelligent to say. Martin and Martel speak as if it is an inherent truth that homosexuality is acceptable, that society must accept it and that any educated person will reach this conclusion. But what do they base this on?

The only source that can say that homosexuality's correctness is acceptable is either that you as an individual feel that it is right, or that society increasingly finds it acceptable. However, any time that individual or society becomes the basis for what is right and wrong, we are talking about opinions not truths.

It is very insulting for those of us who do not agree with an opinion to be told that our opinions don't matter and that we can't be very smart if we don't agree. Yet in the academic world, which is supposed to teach truth and critical thinking, many subjects of political correctness are professed to be truth rather than opinion. They are taboo subjects we don't discuss.

Be careful of people who speak in the way that Martin and Martel do. Question what you're told. They're just trying to sway you to think as they do. The only way that you can be sure something is inherently true, is if something greater than ourselves as individuals and society tells us so – otherwise it's just an opinion.

Maybe that something is science and simple observation – but we don't understand everything we observe in this world, do we? Maybe it's God – but no, educated people know God doesn't exist. I think the most frightening thing for the people who try to question many of our old-fashioned morals, is that others might realize they're just voicing an opinion.

Will Nywening
Urban Development III

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