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Western Carolinian letters to the editor, "Controversy, L. Bridges," page 1

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  • Three letters to the editor expressing concern about negative responses to Lavender Bridges.
  • Controversy: L Bridges Sir: I was greatly shocked by the letter in your paper on October 2, 1986 by Mr. Mike Clark concerning '-Lavender Bridges. Mr. Clark seemed to feel that the people in Lavender Bridges should have no right to speak out about issues concerning them. He made it quite clear that he would no longer allow distribution of The Western Carolinian in his place of business because the paper provided an open forum where the views of all students (and faculty!) could be expressed. I am not a homosexual!! I believe the practice to be < disgusting and repulsive and not something normal people engage in. However, that is not the fundamental issue raised in Mr. . Clark's attack on Lavender Bridges and on The Western Carolinian. It concerns the issue of freedom of the people to voice their opinions (commonly known as free speech and freedom of the press). That means that all the people have those rights!-Nazis, communists, anarchists, Jews, Blacks, Christians, Buddhists, Democrats, Republicans, and even homosexuals. I may not agree with some of the statements that the Nazis might make, but I'll support their rights as citizens to make those statements. When a society decided not to distribute a newspaper because of certain articles within that newspaper serious trouble resulted. That trouble was called Nazi Germany, and can be found today in such "free" countries as Iran, the U.S.S.R., and South Africa. To be blunt, a society that decides to keep out of print one set of opinions runs the very real danger of not knowing where to stop. If America as a whole suddenly decided that homosexuals could no longer publish any articles concerning issues important to them, what \s to stop the government from saying next week that blacks cannot publish or have informaion distributed that is relevant to them. A Chinese scholar once said, "be careful what you wish for-you may get it!" A very true statement! Does Mr. Clark really want the homosexual community to have no voice, perhaps be eradicated? I think the sane among us (whoever they are) would tend to disagree. It could be rather embarrassing to be looking for someone to defend you from the concentration camp and find out that everyone else is already "morally sick" and hence there. Private morals are fine, but the imposition of them upon the public at large is something that should be done very, very rarely and with much consideration about the possible consequences. Shooting from the hip and advocating destruction of significant elements of the Bill of Rights, as Mr. Clark does, is not a rational approach to the issue of homosexuals voicing their opinions on matters concerning; them. The framers of the Constitution did a pretty decent job. If the Bill of Rights ain't broke don't fix it! It ain't broke yet! Sincerely, Daniel M Breen Dear Editor, This letter is in response to an attitude represented by the owner of the Cullowhee Quick Stop. A couple of issues ago, this individual demonstrated a compelling need to express a rather ignorant and bigoted attitude toward the lesbian & gay community of this area. We, the concerned members of the gay population at WCU and of the larger community, would like to express our sentiments. We believe it is necessary to provide some direct feedback for this particular person and others who share similarly oppressive, homophobic notions — The lesbian/gaycommunitywillnotbe silent nor passive on this issue. To begin, there are members of the larger community who are gay who find this individual's attitudes abhorrent. It is wise to consider that Gay men in this community are in a much more significant position to withdraw financial supporrrrom mis person's enterprises. This individual could not have anticipated this possibility based on the statements he has made. Many non-Gay men have expressed their outrage as well and have assured members of the gay community that they will also discontinue patronage of this business. We want this person to be certain that as a community (Gay men and non-Gay men united) we are endorsing a boycott of this man's enterprises. We will strongly encourage members of the community to participate in this boycott and will continue to inform others who are unaware of his stance. Those who wish to address the man directly will be supported. It would indeed seem to be a contradiction In values to support a businessman who is not in the least hesitant to express intolerance of individual rights and lifestyles. We would like this man to know that GAY PEOPLE ARE HERE AND HERE TO STAY as prominent and strong members of this community. Sincerely, Concerned Members of the gay community Advocates for gay rights Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the small controversy your interview with Lavender Bridgers has caused. I was happy to see that your issue of Oct. 9 included 2 positive letters. I also am a member of the local community and am angry at the ignorance expressed in the letters by Mr. McCarty and Mr. Clark. No, Mr. McCarty, one does not choose to be gay. What one does choose is whether to accept or deny one's gayness. I do know what I am talking about. After many years of denial, unhappiness, and depression, I learned with help to accept myself. If you can not accept me the way lam, then that is your problem. Unfortunately, your bigotry and that of others like you, then becomes my problem. The Bible can be interpreted many ways. I have friends in the clergy who can counter any passage Mr. McCary may choose to quote to prove the condemnation of homosexuality. I am also very familiar with the Bible and can quote passages out of context that seemingly support revenge, racism, child abuse, and even incest. Does that make these things right or wrong? In reply to Mr. Clark, I have done business with yourQuik-Stop in the past but in light of your hostility toward me, I have decided to never patronize any of your establishments again. I have asked my friends to also boycott your businesses. You may not
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