1997: Coming Out Day chalkings

Letters to the Editor 10/31/1997



Letter to the Editor: Religious leaders respond to chalkings

Published October 31, 1997

We are writing concerning recent events campus which have expressed a violent spirit, particularly some of the recent aimed at the GLBA "in the name of God." We condemn homophobia and suggest that violence in spirit against another person's dignity, integrity and human rights is never done "in the name of God."

The CWRU campus is one of great diversity, a fact which we embrace and celebrate. In the midst of such diversity, we aware that not all opinions will be the same. We respect this fact. However, we would encourage members of the campus community to find appropriate ways to excess their opinions in respectful and open forums rather than in anonymous chalkings. We believe that intolerance - be it racial, homophobic or religious - is simply wrong. It cannot benefit community in any way, especially one as diverse as our CWRU campus community. If it is necessary for individuals to hold a personal spirit of violence against another human being, we would at least request that those individuals not act on those feelings in a way which demeans or is disrespectful of another member of the campus community.

It is our belief that all people are created in the image of God and are entitled to respect for their dignity and personal integrity. Additionally, we believe that our diversity—when coupled with appreciation for each other—can be a blessing and a strength to our campus life.

Hal Bordy, The Cleveland Hillel Foundation
Marianne Brandon, United Protestant Campus Ministries
Marie de La Bruere, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry
Rabbi Carie Carter, The Cleveland Hillel Foundation
Kim A. Hauenstein, United Protestant Campus Ministries
Ben Helphand, The Cleveland Hillel Foundation
Amos Levi, The Cleveland Hillel Foundation
Anne Butts, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry

Letter to the Editor: We should feel pity for gays instead of hatred

Published October 31, 1997

This is a letter in response to all the fussin' and a feudin' that's goin' on about homosexuals. In it, I will simply explain my views on homosexuals. First off, I make no assumptions as to whether or not homosexuality is a genetic issue or a choice issue. In fact, I make provisions for either to be true. If a person is homosexual because of genetic reasons, then, from a strictly Darwinian viewpoint, homosexuality could be perceived as a genetic defect. Any genetic feature that prevents one from procreating, I think, could easily be considered a genetic defect. Even though homosexuals aren't incapable of procreation, if no natural attraction exists to members of the opposite sex, it could be difficult. If it is indeed a genetic defect, then no hate should he directed toward gay people. I hate gay people no more than I hate people with muscular dystrophy or other such debilitating illnesses. I do indeed feel sorry for gay people. It saddens me that they have to be gay. Now, let's say that homosexuality is a choice. In that case, I would ask what led up to that choice being made in the first place. Since hereditary reasons would kind of be impossible (i.e., gay people don't have kids, even though I know SOME do), only events from the environment make an impact on that choice. Then, what could have such a drastic impact on a person as to make them choose not to do what comes naturally to heterosexuals, namely have children. I would think that only something extremely traumatic could have that kind of impact, quite possibly in early childhood. Children are confused to begin with. If something happens which confuses them even more, then who knows what's going to happen to that tender little mind. So if the choice is because of childhood trauma I, again, would feel sorry for gay people.

Devon Smith, Undergraduate Student

Letter to the Editor: Homosexuality debate is flawed and irrelevant

Published October 31, 1997

I've had the sole honor of watching the debate between the anti-gay chalkers and last week's reacting editorialists; now it's my turn to demonstrate my arrogance in one of the dumbest debates of all time.

Face it folks, homosexuality is about as "natural" as walking on your hands. This doesn't say anything about right and wrong, but certainly homosexuality is a peculiar point to use to define individuality or use as a source of inner pride. I pity you if you can't find something better, like intelligence, strength, character or wit to use as your personal foundation.

"Show hate with pride and simplify lynching." Now there's a good way to open a successful conversation about tolerance and acceptance. This kind of closed-minded hypocrisy should answer any questions about why there isn't unity or dialogue on campus. Speech = Death?

There is nothing that should be less relevant to politics and government than sexuality. Just because we are smart enough to go to Case, or we feel our hearts are right, does not give us the right to "enlighten" everybody. The "refined intellectual nature" of CWRU only serves to remove us from the consequences and constraints of the real world, so we should leave it alone.

Silence is not complacency to a homophobic undercurrent, it is demonstration of the intelligence to stay out of the debate.

Charles Bear, Undergraduate Student