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Reject a reverend’s ‘poisonous rhetoric’

To the editor:

I am fascinated and appalled by the trial going on in Springfield — that of an evangelist, Scott Lively, who is charged with anti-gay speech in Uganda. The charge asserts that he is guilty of inciting Ugandan citizens to identify, imprison and exterminate homosexuals in that country. He commented as he left the courtroom that “the trial will help rally anti-gay activists” to his cause.

His condemnation of gay persons purely on the basis of their “being” is similar to the Nazis’ condemnation of Jews (and Gypsies and gay persons) in the 1930s and ’40s. The Nazis developed a hellish strategy for “ethnic cleansing,” annihilating the victims of their atrocities in death camps like Auschwitz.

Their bias and hatred was grounded in detestation of persons (the Jews, the gypsies, the homosexuals for instance) not because of what members of these groups did, but on the basis of who they were.

I know how deeply supportive and accepting most people in this area are to gay and lesbian citizens. I hope that those who desire liberty and justice for all will roundly (and loudly) reject the poisonous rhetoric of Rev. Lively. With his determination to destroy a harassed and long-suffering minority, how he can call himself a “man of God” is beyond my understanding.

Bernard A. Drabeck

Shutesbury

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