I am writing this in response to the narrow-minded, bigoted and inflammatory letter written by Glenn Calderwood that was published on Oct. 25 concerning the issue of gay marriage.
Such harmful and deleterious language toward one group of people deserves to be debated and discussed within the realms of the community.
To begin, Calderwood said that he is a Christian and has been for 71 years. The fact that he has stood true to his faith is commendable and something that we should all strive toward. He does, erroneously however, state that we should not "add or take away" from the Bible in his offensive against same-sex marriage.
If Calderwood were to follow his own words, then I imagine he follows everything published in both the Old and New Testament. This would mean that he is in favor of the subjugation of women, the institution of slavery, the inability to do anything on the Sabbath, and the prohibition of eating pork, shellfish and meat with dairy, among other items.
After all, "The Bible also says not to add or take away from the Bible," meaning each part of it should be followed, including many of these outdated practices.
Calderwood also said "the church will fall apart," though he does not specify how or why, giving no statistics proving whether gay marriage has positively or negatively impacted what I assume he means is the Catholic Church.
I agree with him that state should be separate from church, and this is the exact reason why the state should be performing same-sex marriages.
Yes, Mr. Calderwood, as an ex-serviceman did put his life on the line for our country, and this is something we are all grateful for.
It is, however, extremely insensitive, repulsive and intolerant to post anti-homosexual comments and tell an entire group to "find their own church."
I do not know which church Calderwood belongs to, but such an institution is one that no individual should attend, gay or straight.
I hope that the community can better understand that such outdated dogma of the prohibition of same-sex marriage will soon follow that of slavery, subjugation of women, and the prohibition of interracial marriage.