Love and compassion is a better message in Bible

To the editor:

I have a question for Clifton Mitchell regarding his letter,Music executive’s sexual orientation not worthy news” (Feb. 27). Do you realize that your act of writing in Viewpoint negates your statement that the article is not newsworthy? I did not read the article until you brought it up, so thank you for making it newsworthy.

As I read your letter, I agreed with you in the first paragraph pertaining to the fact that Clive Davis’ sexual orientation should not be newsworthy; however, we do live in a society obsessed with the goings-on of all things related to “celebrity-dom” and, in The Herald’s defense, must relay those tidbits of information to the public. As I read on, I was taken aback by your attack on those with a different sexual orientation than your own.

Regarding the comment about the music and movie industry being disproportionately gay, I’m not sure where you are getting your statistics. Did you ever consider that maybe one reason there may be more gays in show business is because there is more acceptance of them? There are gay people in Dubois County and many of them choose to leave this area because of the intolerance, much like the views you have.

As for the kicker last paragraph of your letter, I don’t think Mr. Davis needs or cares to justify his lifestyle to anyone. Nor do I think asking readers to read a biblical verse “to clearly understand” this has merit. We can all pick and choose verses that suit our needs. For example, Deuteronomy 22:13-21 translates to “A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.” Do we “clearly understand” this passage as truth? Is so, then many of us women should stand against a wall and wait for the firing squad. Instead of preaching hate, why not promote those passages of love and compassion?

—Emi Donato

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