1988: Focus on Homosexuality

Letters to the Editor

On October 21, 1988 The Observer published a multi-page "Focus" section on homosexuality.

Letter to the Editor: Homosexuality raises issue of right, wrong

Published October 21, 1988

I was approached earlier last week and asked to contribute my views on this week's Focus section in The Observer. I declined for several reasons. First of all, the person I spoke to made it clear to me that the subject was to be "homophobia"(i.e. intolerance) with collaborative articles like surveys on "homophobia," analysis of how the AIDS scare contributed to "homophobia," a psychological diagnosis of "homophobia," and of course there was to be a homosexual's viewpoint, too. But how to present the radical, intolerant, extremist viewpoint? Let's give Robert Georgi a phone call. Maybe he'd like to shoot his mouth off again. Of course I would, but not until some light has been shed on the true issue before us. Homosexuality is an issue of right and wrong, not intolerance or tolerance. Homosexuality is the only mental illness that becomes normal after a certain age. "Gay rights" groups strong-armed the American Psychiatric Association into removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. (It can be diagnosed as a mental illness if the subject is under eighteen.) This is comparable to schizophrenics petitioning to have schizophrenia removed as a mental disorder. Pretty interesting stuff! Patient: I am not sick! Doctor: How can you say that? you're suffering from pneumonia! Patient: I am not ill because I say pneumonia is not an illness. This trend would make short work of the medical profession.

It has come to the point where my signature on a commentary or letter to the editor precludes some people from actually reading my writing. They simply predetermine what I'm saying from the headline it receives. That is why I could not agree to take part in a forum like Focus on this issue. The opinions I share with many people will only be dismissed as "there he goes again!" If you read this letter and nodded your head in agreement as you read it, please speak up. If the viewpoints of the majority, if the correct moral perspective (whatever it may be) is consistently voiced by only one individual, they will be dismissed as belonging solely to that individual, no matter how few may disagree with him.


Robert A. Georgi, Undergraduate student

Letter to the Editor: Prejudice issue deserves appropriate attention

Published October 21, 2009

Recently there has been a considerable amount of commotion over prejudice at Case. There have been committees, task forces, meetings, discussions, etc. It seems that a new bandwagon has arrived at our University. As usual, it has given a lot of people something to talk about when they don't feel like studying, and provided USG with something to make one of their important official statements about. The truth is there's not much that can be done about it. Prejudice is a problem that is very personal and takes a very long time to overcome. The only thing that can be done is to enact and enforce non-discriminatory policies.

With this in mind, let's get down to the real issue at hand: gay and lesbian rights. This is the only area where action has been proposed. (If you were unaware of the proposed addition of a "sexual orientation" clause to University policy, you aren't anymore.) Although this policy revision is a sad comment on the moral state of our generation, it is necessary. It is necessary because in order to protect the rights of the many we must protect the rights of the few.

To those who, like myself, believe that homosexuality is an inherently unnatural practice (or just plain wrong), I say this: Do not let all of this talk abut prejudice sway you from what you know to be true. I maintain that you are not a bigot for calling something what it is, nor are you "unenlightened." If being "Enlightened" means playing dumb or lowering my standards, then you can keep it!

One last thing must be said, and it is very important. Abuse in any form does not accomplish anything. A person's lifestyle is one's own choice as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. You do have a right, though, to get angry when your activities fee goes to support a group that's main function is to help homosexuals feel better about what they do! LGSU is the third highest USG funded group at CWRU.

In conclusion, let me reiterate that you do not need to give up your values to be unprejudiced. You do not need to let someone lower your moral standards so that they feel better about what they do. Stand firm in what you believe, but remember that discrimination and abuse only create problems. If you want to do something, vote for people who have similarly high standards. Whatever you do, don't be just another person on another bandwagon!


Lane Davy, Undergraduate student