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December 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Gay marriage: ‘Duck Dynasty’ and Eastside Catholic


This undated image released by A&E shows brothers Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series “Duck Dynasty.” Phil Robertson was suspended for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gays. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

It appears that the cultural leaders promoting the propaganda myth about the majority of Americans endorsing gay marriage have been dealt a setback from the “Duck Dynasty” controversy [“Reality has it risks,” Opinion, Dec. 26].

Proponents of the myth have used it to foster a sense of cultural superiority to oppress anyone who dares to take a different view. I’ve repeatedly exposed the myth as both false and intentionally manipulative.

Evidently, far more people are now willing to draw a line against the elitist cultural effort to manipulate and impugn well-intentioned people for simply saying what they believe.

Perhaps the whole issue can lead us to restore reason and sanity to society and get along with each other in a more civilized way despite our differences. In other words, we’ll start to practice the true virtue of tolerance.

Steve Cornell, pastor at Millersville Bible Church, Millersville, Pa.

Deal with the rules in place

As one who isn’t exactly in the lower end of the Kinsey scale (I won’t say where) I had to make my way through life with the rules that existed. Somewhere along the way I became an enforcer of those rules — like them or not.

I was appointed as a collateral duty legal officer on one of my ships after the firing of my predecessor. It became incumbent upon me to serve as command recorder (one who presents the facts on behalf of the command) at administrative discharge hearings, some of which were for homosexual conduct. As an adult in service to my country, I had to put my head down, dispense with my personal feelings and carry out my duties to the best of my abilities. I succeeded on the command’s behalf at every hearing.

The students of Eastside Catholic may not be happy with the rules as they exist when it comes to the employment of their beloved teacher, but he is an adult who apparently made his choices with his eyes wide open. These students are entering the adult world. Maybe the first thing to set before them is the definition of contract from Barron’s Law Dictionary: a promise, or set of promises, for breach of which the law gives a remedy… It might be time that they learned that a few Hail Marys aren’t enough to wiggle out of everything.

Thomas Munyon, Marysville

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